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Poirier - current biggest star in the sport?

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  1. Marko Polo In Klopp We Trust

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    Only names I can think that come close are Israel and Usman, Francis deserves a mention too. But even they don’t shine as bright as Dustin currently. Those wins over Mcgregor took him to another level in the public eye, even though most here knew he was an extremely high level fighter and a solid guy outside the cage too.
     
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    Does conor not count? Lol
     
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  3. TRUS8888 Brown Belt

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    hell no.

    he seems like a bit of a weasel. like it's hard to tell what he really stands for and seems to put on an act according to what he thinks is most popular.

    originally he was hostile to conor and got smoked.

    but when conor wanted to be friendly, dustin follows and is friendly as well.

    then when conor wanted to be nasty again, dustin follows again and turns the nastiness back on.

    he's popular for sure and a great fighter, but he has to beat charles and then Islam to be a superstar on talent alone (he's definitely not a superstar on personality)
     
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  4. BonesWinckleJones Brown Belt

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    I doubt dustin even in the top 5,yeah maybe facing conor gave him some ig followers but he didn't really beat conor so there's that
     
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    Poirier is not a star, he's just a guy. Everything about him screams "just a guy"
     
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    I like poirer but c'mon now
     
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    I mean, I've always been a fan, but I don't think he's TOP 10. Like, if you had him main event a PPV on his own vs a nobody... I wouldn't be shocked if Gaethje, Colby outdrew him. Let alone Mas, Jones, Conor, Nate. Frankly, I wouldn't even be shocked if Whittaker turned out be a bigger draw.

    Maybe he's rising now and we'll see an upgrade from the Conor rub, but I'm not quite feeling it yet. His social media numbers are definitely up, but he's kept himself quite sequestered from the attention.

    Which might be a good thing? Means he's focus on the fight?
     
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    Is Dustin taking some time off from eating turkey today to create threads on sherdog?
     
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    Go outside and ask the first person your are who Dustin Poirier is and see what answer you get. In fact ask about any MMA fighter that isn't McGregor and see what the average person says.

    MMA is a niche market.
     
  12. DS66 Brown Belt

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    I mean, we're all kidding ourselves if we say anyone other than Conor is the biggest star in the sport. Maybe his star has dimmed a bit, but he's still far and away the biggest active MMA fighter.

    After that, it's probably Izzy. Although the Diaz bros and Masvidal are still right up there as well when it comes strictly to "starpower". And of course Jon Jones is still around too and clearly still ahead of Dustin at this point.
     
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  13. FIghtxIQ Black Belt

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    Conor is still the biggest star, Dustin got the rub from Conor but Nate and Masvidal is still a bigger star to the casuals than Dustin. They are even bigger than Israel to the casuals.
     
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    He’s almost only known as the guy who fought Conor.
     
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  15. Hellowhosthat If he dies he dies

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    Yep, this is exactly it.

    Nate Diaz is probably still a bigger star than him.
     
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  16. brakkkop White Belt

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    mma is a little niche sport, for most ppl its too violent and a no sport
     
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    To be a star you need charisma.

    Dustin doesn’t have a lot of it. Damn good fighter though.
     
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    Masvidal and Diaz are likely bigger stars. Maybe even Khamzat, if not now than soon
     
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    Nah, casuals know about him but they don't care because he has no personality. He's basically "the guy who kicked Conor's leg"
     
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