Poirier finishes Gaethje in another Fight of the Night performance


Poirier knew his fight with Justin Gaethje would be like this.

"I didn't get in this sport to win or lose", said Gaethje.

Poirier secured a fourth round victory over Gaethje at UFC Fight Night, in Arizona, despite a badly injured right leg and a swollen right eye.

We got some hot finishes up and down the card, with a handful of fighters making massive steps forward and a few others facing somewhat of a stumble.

He had to eat a bevy of Gaethje's thunderous leg kicks for his trouble, but Poirier's methodical showing extended his win streak to three and prompted a postfight call to a cage-side Dana White for a shot at newly crowned lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Poirier appeared willing to fight on despite the effect it had on his vision and argued with the cageside doctor and referee to continue.

Poirier wisely refused to let Gaethje draw him into a brawl, his volume putting him ahead on the scorecards heading into the third. The decision turned out to be a smart one as Poirier quickly rocked Gaethje to open Round 4 with a stiff counter left hand. Dean jumped in at 33 seconds after Gaethje collapsed to the ground.

Poirier added: "This guy [Gaethje] would have died in here if Herb Dean hadn't stopped it".

Gaethje's loss to Poirer was named fight of the night, the second consecutive card the 29-year-old has received the honour, and the Arizona native speaks with a level of confidence that makes you believe that he nearly expects to be in "fight of the night" calibre bouts. "This guy has absolutely no quit, and I respect that 100 percent".

Three UFC fights and a 1-2 record within the promotion might suggest that "The Highlight" hasn't exactly taken to his new home with any real success. "I'm not chasing rematches with Conor (McGregor), or rematches with Eddie (Alvarez)". 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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