True to his nickname of “The Diamond,” Dustin Poirier has proven he can shine under pressure since returning to lightweight in 2015. Saturday was no different as Poirier showcased the full evolution of his skills in a third-round TKO over former champion Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Norfolk, Virginia.
Poirier (22-5) avoided defeat for the seventh time in eight fights since returning to 155 pounds and did so by remaining poised throughout a bloody and violent brawl. The result was the biggest and most impressive victory of Poirier’s career. A beaten Pettis (20-7), who bled all over the Octagon due to cuts above his eye, tapped out at 2:08 of Round 3 while locked in a body triangle. The abrupt ending appeared to come in part due to injury as Pettis held his midsection.
“Before I walked out here, I said, ‘Here we go again, another main event,'” Poirier said. “Everybody points a finger and says I slip up in big fights. But that’s two champions in a row I just beat, so what’s up?”
Poirier, 28, secured early takedowns in all three rounds and opened up cuts with vicious elbows from top position. He also landed the more damaging strikes from the standup while doing well to stand up in the face
Article source: https://www.cbssports.com/mma/news/ufc-norfolk-results-poirier-finishes-pettis-in-bloody-war-details-next-opponent/
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