Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Poirier finishes Gaethje in another Fight of the Night performance

Poirier finishes Gaethje in another Fight of the Night performance

Dustin Poirier stunned Justin Gaethje with a hard left hand in the fourth round and won by technical knockout Saturday night in a UFC lightweight fight.

"I'm content with what just happened, as insane and as stupid as that sounds", said Gaethje, the No. 6 lightweight.

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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. A fist fight. That's what I've been preparing for for 12 weeks.

Gaethje, a modern-day barbarian who is nearly impervious to pain, seemed unfazed by a cut above his left eye in Round 1 and continued to chip away at Poirier's right leg with a steady stream of damaging kicks. "This is entertainment business and I fight for money".

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In the co-main, Alex Oliveira emerged victorious in a back and forth battle against a game Carlos Condit by catching him with an upkick and then choking him out against the fence.

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. But, in terms of the championship implications of Poirier's win, what's the take away here? Before this I said I've got six. Poirier attacked primarily with punches to the head, while Gaethje chose to brutalize his adversary's legs. But the momentum appeared to change late in the round when Gaethje, who was warned one round earlier, was deducted a point by referee Herb Dean for poking Poirier in the eye. "You know, thank God I didn't". I felt so comfortable in there and so good, the best I've ever felt.

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Poirier was still ahead on all three cards and left no doubt in the fourth round, stunning Gaethje with the left hand and burying him in a flurry of punches until Dean stepped in to stop it. And Michelle Waterson was given a gift decision after getting out-muscled on the feet and the ground by Cortney Casey.

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