Poirier finishes Gaethje in another Fight of the Night performance
Apr 15 2018 by Marjorie Miles
Dustin Poirier has demanded a title shot against new lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov after a gutsy knockout win over Justin Gaethje. "I've been close to the mountain top, I've been knocked down and I've climbed back over and over again in two different weight classes", Poirier said. 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. And the fight delivered in spades, going back and forth before ending with Poirier hurting Gaethje and attacking him to a stoppage 33 seconds into round four. With his legs chewed up by Gaethje's most valuable weapon, Poirier began shooting for takedowns, but the ex-WSOF champ shucked off every one of his attempts, kept walking Poirier down, and momentarily rocked him with a right hand. The decision turned out to be a smart one as Poirier quickly rocked Gaethje to open Round 4 with a stiff counter left hand. Poirier gets defensive and he swings away at an approaching Gaethje, Gaethje gets Poirier against the cage wall while landing knee strikes. "He has no quit in him, and I respect that 100 percent".
Poirier added: "This guy [Gaethje] would have died in here if Herb Dean hadn't stopped it".
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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".
MMA fans everywhere have a reason to be thankful White did not tab Poirier as a last-minute replacement to face Khabib last week, but you would also have to think the UFC would not pass on the opportunity to cash in on what would legitimately be one of - if not the - biggest fights in UFC history between Khabib and McGregor. Tough guy. Poirier ate, much like the Eddie Alvarez fight, tons of kicks.