This Week’s MMA Birthdays: Dustin Poirier Turns 25

By Brian Knapp Jan 18, 2014

A prototype for the modern featherweight mixed martial artist, American Top Team’s Dustin Poirier will celebrate his 25th birthday on Jan. 19.

Poirier has compiled a 7-2 record since arriving in the Ultimate Fighting Championship championship as part of the World Extreme Cagefighting merger in 2011. A protégé of Tim Credeur, the Louisiana-based Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who reached the semifinals on Season 7 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Poirier has secured 12 of his 15 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission. He last appeared at UFC 168 in December, when he ripped through Diego Brandao en route to a first-round knockout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, Poirier was one of the primary subjects for the 2011 documentary “Fightville,” which shined a light on the regional MMA scene in his native Louisiana.

In 2012, “The Diamond” engaged in’s “Fight of the Year,” as he battled Chan Sung Jung for four rounds before being rendered unconscious with a brabo choke. It remains the only time in Poirier’s career that he has been finished.

Those in MMA celebrating a birthday during the week covering Jan. 19-Jan. 25:

JAN. 19

Aritano Silva Barbosa (35)
Dustin Poirier (25)

JAN. 21

Francisco France (31)
Edson Barboza (28)

JAN. 22

Min Soo Kim (39)
Luigi Fioravanti (33)
Tomasz Drwal (32)
Ji Hoon Kim (32)

JAN. 23

Tito Ortiz (39)

JAN. 24

Akira Maeda (55)
Jamall Johnson (32)

JAN. 25

Ron van Clief (71)
Jorge Gurgel (37)
Paulo Thiago (33)
John Quinn (31)
Mike Easton (30)

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