Making Diamonds – A Conversation with UFC Fighter Dustin Poirier

Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier is a decorated UFC fighter, and the co-founder of The Good Fight Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping underserved communities.

There’s something powerfully economical in the way perennial UFC contender and fan favourite Dustin Poirier expresses himself.

How do fighters train up adversity without breaking down the body? “Oh,” he retorts, “we break down the body!”

Why has he dedicated so much time and energy to build The Good Fight Foundation non-profit, which delivers sorely needed help to underserved communities in Louisiana? No lengthy mission statements here. Just the curt, determined view that, as a privileged person, “it’s my job.”

Dustin doesn’t chase sound bites. He isn’t another glib influencer in a culture overflowing with them. Rather, he seems consumed by the notion of appropriate action. He beats to the drum of the great stoic dictum acta, non verba: actions, not words. 

In this interview, we discuss the benefits of controlled violence, training emotional resiliency, true meaning of toughness, and the importance of giving back.

Enjoy 🙂



00:00:07 Intro

00:02:35 Chapter 1: How Self-Defence Reveals Character

00:11:13 Chapter 2: The Dichotomy of Control and Learning from Adversity

00:18:05 Chapter 3: Embracing the Importance of Philanthropy

00:23:55 Chapter 4: Is the UFC More Sport or Entertainment?

00:33:47 Chapter 5: Poirier vs Gaethje for the BMF Belt

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