Poirier beats Gaethje by TKO in UFC lightweight fight

Poirier beats Gaethje by TKO in UFC lightweight fight

Poirier beats Gaethje by TKO in UFC lightweight fight

With back-to-back finishes of Justin Gaethje and Anthony Pettis, there is no better time than now for Dustin Poirier to ask for a shot at lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

"It was just what I thought it would be; a fight". Top contender Tony Ferguson, whose heartbreaking knee injury six days before UFC 223 pulled him from the fight, appears next for Nurmagomedov unless the champion can secure super fights against McGregor or Georges St-Pierre.

As expected, the pair of fan favorites slung leather and shin bones at an otherworldly clip, Poirier sticking Gaethje with the jab and meeting his pressure with seemingly endless combinations while the latter marched forward and chopped away at Poirier's lead leg with the blistering kicks that have led to many a man's doom. The No. 6-ranked Gaethje falls to 18-2.

The 29-year-old Gaethje has staged three instant classics in as many walks to the Octagon, but suffered his second straight defeat by knockout in his return to Gila River Arena, where he claimed two state high school wrestling titles over a decade ago.

"It's the entertainment factor for me and I will be known and remembered as one of the most entertaining fighters that ever did it". I go in there to entertain people This is the entertainment business. I want the biggest fights possible. Each fighter earned a $50,000 Dollars bonus.

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.

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

"I didn't see the shot - I think it hit me somewhere on the left side - and I backed myself up against the cage, which is something I don't want to do with a guy like that, especially when they hurt you", Poirier said. Michelle Waterson opened the main card with a split-decision victory over Cortney Casey in a technical straw weight fight.

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