Dustin Poirier is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC today and the competitor can now add another accomplishment to his list of combat sports accolades.
The lightweight can now call himself a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after getting the belt awarded to him by longtime coach Tim Credeur.
It was Poirier who revealed the news via Twitter:
I've been doing Jiujitsu for close to 11 years now. Today I received my black belt! Thanks to everyone who has been part of my journey!! pic.twitter.com/Xz2LeYsnqU— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) December 23, 2017
Despite getting his black belt, an even bigger reward for the fighter would be another shot at former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez.
“He’s the only guy in the top three, four that’s available now,” Poirier said at a UFC On Fox 26 fan Q&A. “Everyone is tied up or waiting on Conor McGregor to come back. I’m trying to get a shot at gold. The only way to do that is to beat the top guys – and because I owe him an ass-whooping, let’s be honest. I think him and his team know it’s a bad matchup for him. Really, that’s it.”
Poirier and Pettis first met at UFC 211, but the bout was prematurely ended after the former lightweight champion clobbered Poirier with a series of accidental, but illegal knee strikes. Poirier has since defeated another former UFC Lightweight Champion in Anthony Pettis at UFC Fight Night Norfolk, while Alvarez has gone onto defeat former WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje at UFC 218.