Glendale, Arizona hosted UFC’s fight night main event between #6 Justin Gaethje and #5 Dustin Poirier. Both men came out swinging and delivered an action-packed contest.
Early on Dustin Poirier landed a heavy punch that cut Gaethje’s left eye, which impaired his vision throughout the fight. Justin Gaethje focused on frequent inside leg kicks and invited Poirier to tire himself out by throwing punches while Gaethje covered up.Embed from Getty Images
Gaethje continued his assault on Poirier’s lower body and landed more inside leg kicks. The first accidental eye gouge of the night stopped the fight momentarily before Poirier confirmed he could continue. Poirier attempted a couple takedowns but Justin successfully resisted both and was able to get Poirier backed into the fence. Against the fencing, Gaethje landed some elbows.Embed from Getty Images
Dustin Poirier came out expecting some kicks and caught Justin Gaethje’s heel but Gaethje effortlessly somersaulted out. From this escape, Gaethje landed a damaging punch to Poirier. Dustin backed to the fence to encourage a clinch and slow down the fight. Gaethje did not oblige and hammered more inside leg kicks. Fatigue was evident for both fighters; both were content to clinch. Justin Gaethje broke the clinch and was guilty of a second eye gouge which led Herb Dean to subtract one point as punishment.Embed from Getty Images
Dustin Poirier has had enough of this eye gouging nonsense. He immediately connected a flurry of head shots against Gaethje. Justin wobbled and tried to defend but eventually fell to his knee and Herb Dean called it.Embed from Getty Images
Dustin Poirier was declared winner by TKO!Embed from Getty Images