UFC superstar Dustin Poirier has proven that a nearly 250 pound weight difference on the mats doesn’t mean much. He recently worked with four-time strongest man in the world, Brian Shaw, in a grappling session in front of a giggling gym audience.
Poirier, who was confirmed on Saturday to face Conor McGregor for the third time at UFC 264 on July 10, is known for the clout with which he so effectively handed his rival the first consecutive TKO loss of his career January.
The Louisian native also has more than a few filing skills up his sleeve. With seven entries in his career, he became the UFC’s best lightweight.
Now Poirier has shown once again that two opposing forces that meet on the mats, the harder it is, the larger they get.
In footage showing the former UFC interim lightweight champ rolling with world-famous strong man Shaw, Poirier is seen putting the 400-pound Shaw through its paces before taking his back and in a bare choke template that quickly makes the American giant start typing.
However, the 27-6 mixed martial artist didn’t have it in his own way. Another video from the session shows him trying to get out from under the colossal muscleman.
This isn’t the first time a celebrity MMA fighter has tried his hand at one of the strongest men in the world.
Why didn’t he do this to Khabib?
– UFC Sometimes in Arabic (@UFC_ARA) April 3, 2021
Shaw is a monster if it wasn’t all fun, and if Dustin’s games weren’t up to this guy. This doesn’t prove that whole size doesn’t matter in saying it’s this Brian Shaw
– Viking Bear (@ VikingBear8) April 2, 2021
Dustin literally looks like a child on his back. Why are some people made so differently?
– Hunter Fuse @ (@hunterfuse_) April 3, 2021
Similar footage of McGregor once showed the Irish sparring with Thor Bjornsson, better known to many for his role as “The Mountain” on HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones”.
Responding to the clip, some fans asked why Poirier hadn’t used the type of argument in his world title fight with former master Khabib Nurmagomedov during their main event scraps at UFC 242 in September 2019.
“Why didn’t he do this to Chabib?” One fan asked cheekily while another warned, “If this wasn’t just fun and games, Dustin couldn’t do anything with this guy.”
A third noted that Poirier “literally looks like a child on his back,” such was the extreme weight difference in the scene with two completely opposite athletes.
Poirier won’t have to deal with such extreme weight loss in his next fight against McGregor this summer.
But the Irishman will know that he will likely be present for a short evening when Poirier finds himself in a similar position on July 10th.
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