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Dustin Poirier avoids surgery on hip, expects three-week recovery

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Dustin Poirier has some good news.

On Thursday night, “The Diamond” took to Twitter to reveal he would not require surgery on the injured hip that forced out of his lightweight fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 230. Instead, the Louisiana native will opt for stem cell injections with the hopes of returning to training later this year.

Poirier previously appeared on The MMA Hour to break down the severity of his nagging injury.

“This is something I’ve been dealing with the last few camps, and it just progressively got worse,” said Poirier. “And then I did something with it this camp to where you know, like, I can still move around on it, I can still train, but if, say, I do a sprint, the next two days my range of motion is going to be horrible and I’m going to be in a lot of pain. It just got too bad to keep pushing at this point with it.”

In terms of competition, Poirier (24-5, 1 NC) is coming off a violent second-round TKO win over former champion Eddie Alvarez in July. This not only extended Poirier’s unbeaten streak to five, but also marked his third straight TKO win.

Prior to his win over Alvarez, fans witnessed the 29-year-old finish former champions Justin Gaethje and Anthony Pettis.

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