Almost two years to the day since his last UFC loss, Dustin Poirier has recovered pretty well.
After his defeat in 2019 to undefeated and then UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242, Poirier (28-6) has won three in a row, including two wins in 2021 against Conor McGregor, crowned by a second-round TKO against the former champion at UFC 257 in July.
Poirier, who held the provisional UFC featherweight belt prior to his 2019 loss to Khabib, recently claimed to be the "undisputed world champion" before hitting a deal this December for the highly anticipated lightweight championship bout against champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 269.
Despite his recent victory, Poirier walked away unscathed and recently admitted that he suffered from knee pain after the many back and forth between himself and McGregor in their last fight. The pain made recovery after that fight a little more important for the fighter and Therabody reps.
"MMA is one of the toughest sports in the world and any fight can be brutal on your body," says Poirier. “That's why recovery is so important. Having a solid routine really is the only way to get back faster and stronger. My go-to-therabody routine makes a huge difference in preparation for and recovery from training or a fight. "
Poirier shares a list of attributes champions should incorporate into their daily, goal-oriented routine, including building a team that supports you and is never satisfied. Recovery is one of its most important qualities. Loyalty is another. “I've been using Therabody, especially the PowerDot, from the very beginning. It has always been an integral part of my training and now I have integrated RecoveryAir into my routine. "
1. Complacency is a losing strategy
There is no room for complacency in this sport. It is absolutely essential to find new ways to constantly challenge yourself. matter who my opponent is, I will always go into every fight knowing that I have done everything I can to be as prepared as possible.
2. Your family is your most important teammate
A strong support system is especially important in this sport. For me it all starts with my family. All I do is for them and I know that they are always in my corner. You are my rock solid support, always. Without a strong team, I couldn't be successful in this sport; I am really grateful to my coach and the great coaches at American Top Team.
3. Have a plan
Having a plan after your career is very important. I think this is something that every professional athlete thinks of throughout their career. thing is more important to me than my family, so I do everything I can to make sure they are set up for success. As a father, you always think about the future of your children. My daughter is one of my biggest inspirations for me to have the best possible fighting career I can have.
4. More to life than MMA
Having balance is incredibly important. Outside the ring, I love to cook. I also recently released my own Louisiana-style hot sauce with Heatonist. I am also very active with my foundation, the Good Fight Foundation, and work in underserved communities.
5. Work for it
The best advice I've ever been given is: hard work pays off.