Dwayne Johnson shared some heartfelt words of support for Dustin Poirier after his defeat to Justin Gaethje at UFC 291. During the fight, Gaethje secured victory in the second round with a powerful leg kick to claim the coveted 'BMF' title.
In the aftermath, Poirier couldn't hide his disappointment, especially considering that he had previously defeated Gaethje in 2018 by stopping him.
Although Gaethje walked away with the 'BMF' title, Poirier expressed gratitude for the blessings he had received despite the setback.
"We're not at a funeral here": @DustinPoirier can find perspective after falling short of the BMF belt because "I've already won." 👏#UFC291 | Full video: https://t.co/3Qa26IRAHZ pic.twitter.com/yeFDAOr3vI— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) July 30, 2023
“It’s heartbreaking. But I keep coming back like Pookie. It keeps calling me. I can’t stop. I might need another hit. I don’t know. I’m just taking it one day at a time, one minute at a time right now.
“But I’m happy right now. My life is good, my family is good, my daughter is excited for me to get home. We’re not at a funeral here.
“I’ve won. I’ve won life. I already won. Where I come from, I’ve already won,” Poirier
In response, Johnson had nothing but praise for Poirier.
Love this perspective so much 💎👏🏾— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 30, 2023
Life lessons we can pass on to our little ones. Whatever it is that you sign up for, make sure you absolutely love it because anything can happen ~ and it’s does. Love this dude.
Massive respect brother @DustinPoirier https://t.co/IlrfMvSiBE
Gaethje's triumph opens up the potential for an exciting showdown between him and the winner of the Islam Makhachev versus Charles Oliveira lightweight title bout.
Meanwhile, for Poirier, there remains a slim possibility of another clash with Conor McGregor. However, uncertainty looms over McGregor's return, leaving fans in the dark as Poirier contemplates his next move.