It's been a long road, not much of it paved, but Poirier is here, and he is your new UFC interim lightweight champion after taking a hard-earned unanimous decision over Max Holloway.
Whenever he hurt Holloway, Poirier charged after him.
He landed big shots but couldn't get the big-hearted Hawaiian to the canvas.
Holloway never dialed down his pressure, and began to finding the mark with punch combinations, even if the partially closed eye took a bit of the starch out of this shots.
"It's been a long time, brother," Poirier told broadcaster Joe Rogan in the cage after the fight.