Lightweight contender Dustin Poirier managed to record a knockout win over Justin Gaethje in their UFC Glendale headlining matchup last night.
It never really seemed likely that last night’s lightweight clash between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje was going to disappoint but those in attendance at UFC Glendale last night were treated to an all-out war as two of the division’s finest scrapped hard over four rounds.
Poirier’s run in the 155lb division has seen him really hit his stride in recent times and with this latest win, he could very well find himself well within the title-discussion, especially when you consider the uncertainty over the future of the former-champ Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson’s ongoing battle with injury.
Justin Gaethje brought the fight to the Louisiana-native just like he does every single time he steps into the octagon, though. All things considered, he couldn’t have made it harder for Poirier from the get-go, setting a frankly ridiculous pace as soon as the opening bell rang and for a time it did seem as though the pressure was getting to ‘The Diamond’.
We all know how proficient Gaethje can be with his leg-kicks and after a while, the sheer number of them he landed was a real factor but after a gruelling opening three rounds, Poirier landed a hard shot clean on the chin of his opponent before flurrying and forcing referee Herb Dean to intervene.
It was a true test of his mettle in every sense of the word and though he encountered some adversity, the manner in which he bounced back was a testament to his unshakeable will to win.
A true Fight of the Year contender! 🥇
Poirier takes the W after all-out war with Gaethje 💪
— UFC: Poirier vs. Gaethje on BT Sport (@btsportufc) April 15, 2018
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena