The competition for 2018’s “Fight of the Year” just got much, much steeper.
In Saturday’s UFC on FOX 29 main event, Dustin Poirier handed Justin Gaethje his second professional loss with a TKO early in the fourth round. Poirier vs. Gaethje ended up being exactly as advertised — a brawl in Glendale, Arizona. It was a back-and-forth war in which both fighters had their moments, and will certainly be in the conversation when MMA awards are being discussed in December.
Poirier appeared to have the crisper boxing and outstruck Gaethje 174 to 115 (significant strikes), per UFC.com. He was able to avoid some — but far from all — of Gaethje’s frequent offense, and perhaps had the better gas tank, too. But Poirier had to get through some adversity himself. Gaethje, like he does to most of his opponents, chopped down Poirier’s legs right from early in the fight, and that clearly had a major impact on Poirier’s ability to stand and move around. To add onto that, Gaethje’s constant pressure certainly gave Poirier some problems, but “The Diamond” dealt with it the best he could.
Poirier vs. Gaethje was considered by most a coin-toss fight heading in, and the way it was playing out over the first 15 minutes made that assessment appear to
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