Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Poirier finishes Gaethje in another Fight of the Night performance

Poirier finishes Gaethje in another Fight of the Night performance

With former champion Conor McGregor potentially sidelined with an upcoming legal battle after being arrested in Brooklyn last week and Tony Ferguson out of action following knee surgery, it's possible that Poirier leap frogs everybody into the first title fight against Nurmagomedov later this year.

In 2016, Poirier suffered a knockout loss to Michael Johnson.

Last night though was a lot different - not only did Poirier engage Justin Gaethje in his type of fight - a wild brawl - but from the off, even when he got hurt, it never felt like Poirier wasn't in control of the action, and in the end, his hard work paid off. He was forced to walk through hell in order to get there in a fight that was contested on Gaethje's terms when it comes to pace and distance. Poirier attacked primarily with punches to the head, while Gaethje chose to brutalize his adversary's legs.

As Gaethje stumbled around the cage, Poirier swarmed in to tag him with combinations before finishing him along the cage wall.

But in the fourth, Poirier rocked Gaethje with a left hand and as he followed up with a flurry of punches, referee Herb Dean called a halt to proceedings.

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"This guy would've died in here if Herb Dean didn't stop it", Poirier said.

Nurmagomedov, who won the title last week with a victory over Al Iaquinta, took note of the performance of both fighters via Twitter, posting "It was a great fight, congratulations both".

What remains unsure, however, is whether Poirier will get his wish for an instant title shot. Tough guy. Poirier ate, much like the Eddie Alvarez fight, tons of kicks.

"Twenty 20 in the UFC, up and down weight classes", Poirier said. The former featherweight contender feels reborn in his return to 155 pounds and has added plenty of poise and polish to his exciting style.

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