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Lightweight contender Dustin Poirier signs new multi-fight deal with the UFC

Lightweight contender Dustin Poirier has re-signed with the UFC.

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After nearly fighting out his contract, lightweight contender Dustin Poirier has signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC. Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter was first to report the news, but multiple outlets have since received confirmation.

No specifics of the new contract, including monetary value, were released, other than the fact it's a multi-fight deal, which was confirmed by FOX Sports' Damon Martin.

Despite having a successful run at featherweight where he was widely considered a top five talent, Poirier (19-4) returned to the lightweight division last year because he struggled to make the 145-pound limit.  Poirier's decision came after a disappointing 1st round knockout loss to current featherweight champion Conor McGregor in September 2014.

In his first lightweight outing since 2010, he knocked out Carlos Diego Ferreira, and followed that victory up with a finish of Yancy Medeiros. Most recently, Poirier defeated highly-touted prospect Joseph Duffy by dominant decision last month at UFC 195.

Poirier is currently 11th in the UFC's official lightweight rankings.