UFC Featherweight Dustin Poirier Joins American Top Team

Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The all-star roster of the Florida based American Top Team just added another elite fighter to their ranks as Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier, a UFC featherweight, has officially moved his training camp to Coconut Creek.

A born southerner, Dustin Poirier has spent his entire career fighting out of Lafayette, Louisiana under UFC and Ultimate Fighter veteran Tim Credeur. A black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Credeur taught Poirier the ins-and-outs of submission grappling. Currently a purple belt in BJJ, Poirier has shown excellent grappling ability in his seven fights under Zuffa. Poirier stands at 12-2 in his professional MMA career and is coming off a loss to Chan Sung Jung, aka "The Korean Zombie", in one of the best fights of 2012.

Moving to American Top Team Poirier stands to benefit from the excellent coaching staff, lead by BJJ Black Belt Ricardo Liborio. A fearsome competitor in his youth, Liborio trained under legendary BJJ coach and Vale Tudo fighter Carlson Graice and became the very first BJJ Heavyweight World Champion. Liborio was one of the fighters that broke away from Carlson's team to form one of the first MMA super camps, Brazilian Top Team. Liborio then set up his own school in Florida, naming it American Top Team. Now a 7th degree black belt in BJJ, Liborio is considered one of the best grappling coaches in the world.

Helping Liborio run American Top Team is Howard Davis Jr., a 1976 Olympic Gold medalist in boxing. Davis was a highly successful amateur and professional boxer, he is now an accomplish striking coach and has helped mold some of the best strikers in MMA. Poirier stands to benefit greatly from Davis as striking is were Poirier could make his largest strides in terms of improving his skill set.

American Top Team is also home to excellent Muay Thai kickboxing and wrestling programs and produces some of the most well rounded fighters in the sport. Joining Poirier in his trip to Coconut Creek is fellow newcomer lightweight Nick Newell, a one armed MMA fighter who made a name for himself fighting in New England.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.