Dustin Poirier Receives the Key to the City of Lafayette

Sorry, Daniel Cormier. Dustin Poirier has been cemented as the “King of Lafayette,” it appears. The Diamond posted on his Instagram on Thursday to share that he received the key to Lafayette, LA.

“Such an honor to receive the key to Lafayette Louisiana yesterday!,” Poirier wrote. “I love my city. I’m blown away by the love and support from Acadiana. Thank you all! I’m very grateful and will continue to represent us the best I can.”

Poirier recently became the UFC‘s interim lightweight champion. He earned a unanimous decision over featherweight champion Max Holloway to claim the interim lightweight title at UFC 236 in April. The win marked Poirier’s second over Holloway in as many fights. He is now 9-1 with a no contest in his last 11 bouts.

A Presence Outside of the Cage

In addition to representing Lafayette with his fighting prowess, Poirier has consistently helped the city with his fundraising efforts. He and his wife’s Good Fight Foundation has worked to achieve a certain goal in the build-up and aftermath of Poirier’s fights since they launched it.

The current goal is to build a playground for disabled children in honor of Aaron Hill, whose wish it was to have a playground he could use before he ended up passing away. Poirier auctioned off his fight gear, as usual, to help towards the goal. He even received help from his latest foe, Holloway. Alan Jouban and Eryk Anders also contributed their fight-worn gear to the cause.

On his run, Poirier has toppled the likes of Holloway, Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, Anthony Pettis and Jim Miller, a list rife with current or former champions.

Poirier will likely attempt to unify the lightweight title in his favor in his next bout. That would be against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov’s role in the infamous UFC 229 brawl earned him a lengthy suspension. The pair are likely to fight at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, September 9.

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Daily Debate results: Was Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar the right fight to make?

Frankie Edgar is unquestionably a future UFC Hall of Famer, but is he the current top contender in the featherweight division?

It’s an interesting question. After all, Edgar (23-6-1 MMA, 17-6-1 UFC) is a former champion and one of the most respected athletes in the history of the sport. And perhaps most importantly, he had a title shot lined up against champ Max Holloway (20-4 MMA, 16-4 UFC) one year ago but agreed to put the opportunity aside to face then-undefeated Brian Ortega at UFC 222 in a clash the promotion needed to help save that March 2018 event when “Blessed” was forced off the card.

Edgar lost that fight, and Ortega went on to face Holloway. “The Answer” then rebounded with a decision win over Cub Swanson.

In the meantime, Alexander Volkanovski (20-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) has been making quite the case that he’s the rightful No. 1 contender.

Since Edgar was last in action, Alexander “The Great” has picked up wins over the gritty Darren Elkins, perennial contender Chad Mendes and perhaps the greatest featherweight of all-time, Jose Aldo. Yet just a few days after Volkanovski’s latest win, UFC officials their plans for Holloway vs. Edgar. Was that the right decision?

That was the question we asked in our latest MMA Junkie Radio Daily Debate.

The results, via Twitter:

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Frankie Edgar explains why title fight with Max Holloway ‘makes sense’

At UFC 240 current featherweight champion Max Holloway will look to defend his title against Frankie Edgar, not Alexander Volkanovski, as many expected.

The former UFC lightweight champion is just 1-1 in his last two fights and hasn’t fought since April 2018. But, according to Edgar, he knew he was next after talking to the UFC. After all, he did give up his title shot when Holloway got injured and accepted a short-notice fight against Brian Ortega, which he ended up losing.

“I felt I was [next for Holloway] just based on the conversations I’ve had with the UFC and whatnot, but you never know,” Edgar told MMA Fighting. “I’ve been told I was having shots before and haven’t got them. Of course, I really wasn’t holding my breath, I wanted to make sure I got bout agreement and then I knew it’s real.”

After two previous fights were scheduled between Holloway and Edgar, the 37-year-old is ready to finally fight the Hawaiian.

“We’re still over 10 weeks away from the fight, and I’m giddy today,” he says. “I woke up and went to train, I’ve got a smile on my face and I’m pumped that I got this opportunity. But it is still so far away, and I’ve been here before. So I got to make sure we get to the fight, get to the venue and make it happen.

“But ten weeks this upcoming Saturday, that’ll be the perfect time. I’ve been training. I was hurt for a while, the past month-and-a-half, I’ve been finally back in the gym able to do stuff. So it is perfect timing. I feel like I’m in shape to get in shape right now.”

Ultimately, Frankie Edgar sees the resemblance between this fight and his UFC 112 fight against B.J. Penn. There, no one expected the New Jersey native to win the belt. But he did, and he expects to do the same at UFC 240.

“Every time I get ready for [Holloway] I feel like I’m getting ready for a better version,” he says. “He continually gets better, and he’s represented our weight class tremendously. He’s considered the best featherweight of all time, so these are the positions I want to keep putting myself in. I want to keep challenging myself. If I want to take the belt, I want to take the belt from the best featherweight ever. This is my opportunity.

“Remember, nine years ago I was fighting for a belt that nobody thought I could win against the best lightweight of all time, so for me this is fitting.”

As for Volkanovski, Frankie Edgar believes this fight against Holloway just makes sense and the Australian’s time will come.

“I think it should matter,” he says of his resume. “You hear Dana [White] and UFC brass, they like people that step up, they like guys that are willing to put it all on the line, and I think my whole career I’ve done that. And I think that’s why I got rewarded.

“I think so, based on my past history with the UFC, and then the landscape of the way went down with me and Holloway, I think it just makes sense. I don’t want to take anything away from Alex, he’s a stud fighter. He’s won a bunch of fights in a row. He’s going to get his time. I was him not too long ago, and he’s going to get his time. I know he’s probably a little upset, because I’ve been there before. But his time will come.”

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Alexander Volkanovski’s latest win proves who deserves the next UFC featherweight title shot, and it’s … Frankie Edgar?

Big news for one of MMA’s most exciting and talent-rich divisions. Now that rising contender Alexander Volkanovski has defeated former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, winning his seventh straight fight in the UFC and extending his overall winning streak to 17, we’ve finally settled on the next challenger for Max Holloway’s 145-pound title. Obviously, it’s Frankie Edgar.

Wait, what? As in, the same Edgar whose winning streak is currently holding steady at one in a row? The same Edgar who went 0-2 against Aldo, the guy who just happens to be Volkanovski’s latest victim? You’re telling me he’s the top contender after spending the last 12 months not fighting?

Apparently, yeah. Edgar is up next for Holloway at UFC 240, as we learned on Monday. Which kind of makes you wonder why we even bothered with a bout that sure looked like a battle for the top contender spot at UFC 237. Also makes you wonder how much timing plays into all this.

For one thing, Volkanovski’s victory party got cut short in the worst possible way. He reportedly developed a fever on his flight out of Rio de Janeiro, and was hospitalized for a “blood infection” during a stopover in Chile. That doesn’t exactly help his chances of making a quick turnaround to challenge for Holloway’s belt. It also just sounds like a miserable experience to live through.

But imagine being in the hospital in a foreign country, feverish and suffering, when you hear the news that someone else is getting your title shot. Would you wonder if this was your fault? Would you wonder if maybe you needed to finish that fight, or somehow magically avoid getting sick immediately afterwards?

Or would you wonder if this plan had been in motion well before you stepped into the cage, and kept quiet so as not to drain your pay-per-view fight of all its implied stakes?

If it was the blood infection that scuttled Volkanovski’s hopes for the next title shot, that’s a depressing prospect. Is that really how it works in the UFC? You have to beat an extremely tough opponent in order to prove you really deserve a crack at the belt, but then you also have to be healthy and ready to sign on the dotted line on the Monday following the fight or else you get passed over in favor of someone who just sat around and waited?

The alternative, of course, would be for the UFC to put the next featherweight title fight off until the clear top contender is ready. If that won’t be for many, many months, then fine, at some point you have to move on. But if it only takes 48 hours for everyone to forget about you after you beat a guy like Aldo, that’s a cold way of doing business.

It might also be necessary for the sake of the UFC calendar. There are a lot of events on a lot of Saturday nights over the next few months. And if every pay-per-view needs a title fight, maybe the UFC feels it can’t afford the luxury of waiting for contenders who have actually earned their shots within the scope of recent memory.

Instead, you settle for the best available. Whatever it takes to get two warm bodies in the cage and a shiny gold belt on the poster.

Besides, Edgar as a nostalgia choice isn’t so awful. He’s been really, really good for a really long time. And he did the UFC a solid by taking on Brian Ortega as a replacement opponent when he didn’t have to at UFC 222, so maybe this is some form of payback.

And Volkanovski, he of the prodigious winning streak and the infected blood? He could still get dibs on the winner when he recovers. You know, maybe. As long as nothing crazy happens between now and then.

And what are the odds of that, in this business where crazy sometimes feels like business as usual?

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