Dustin Poirier could truly be the diamond amongst a plethora of potential featherweight contenders.
The 22-year-old featherweight submitted Pablo Garza in the second round at UFC on Fox on Saturday night with a rear naked choke.
This marks Poirier's third straight win in the UFC.
His coming out party was at UFC 125 in an upset win over former top 10 featherweight Josh Grispi. Before facing Poirier, Grispi was originally slated to face UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, but an injury forced Aldo to withdraw from the bout.
Grispi decided against waiting around for a title shot, and he took the fight with Poirier instead.
It proved to be a grave mistake, as Poirier outworked Grispi and picked up the unanimous decision.
Now, Poirier finds himself knocking on the door for possible featherweight title contention. A win over Garza isn't going to thrust him into the contender's spot, but it should at least earn him a shot at an upper-echelon featherweight.
Here are five fights Poirier should take next.
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