Many people believe that jiu-jitsu can provide smaller people with advantages against vastly bigger opponents. And jiu jitsu black belt and UFC lightweight contender, Dustin Poirier has proven it to us against a man around three times his size.
Former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier met the four-time World’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw and the two trained together at a UFC Gym in Colorado.
In the video, the two can be seen practicing the aspects of MMA together. Poirier appears to have fun teaching Shaw how to punch, kick, and combo to trade low kicks.
Besides the striking, ‘The Diamond’ also taught the much-bigger Shaw how to grapple on the ground.
The roll starts with Poirier being in the top position in side control. While the 5’9 and 155 pounds Poirier tried to defend the transition from the 6’8 and 480 pounds Shaw, he was overpowered and Shaw tried to stand up. However, the Louisiana native successfully hopped on Shaw’s back and got a rear-naked choke.
The two then switched positions with Poirier now on the bottom position side control. While Shaw offered not much offense on the ground, Poirier appeared to really struggle to perform any transitions.
Shaw eventually took Poirier’s back and pinned him down. Before he proceeded to attempt a rear-naked choke, Poirier tapped saying that Shaw’s body weight is too much.
“I’m using the techniques right, just your body weight smashing it. It’s so hard for my diaphragms and lungs to extend,” Poirier said while panting after Shaw released the hold.
The two then got back on the mat to try another specific situation. This time Poirier attempted to get an arm triangle choke. While he appears to struggle, Shaw doesn’t really feel any danger.
“I can see what you’re trying to do,” he said with a laugh.
Poirier then transitions to an armbar, and before it was deep, Shaw tapped. The two then embraced and Poirier told Shaw what would’ve happened if he went deeper with the armbar.
Dustin Poirier has been away from the cage since his latest attempt to get the UFC gold was thwarted by the then-champion Charles Oliveira in December. Interestingly, ‘Do Bronx’ submitted Poirier in the third round with a rear-naked choke while hoping on his back, exactly what Poirier did to Shaw.
Poirier is currently in talks to face Michael Chandler this autumn.