UFC Glendale: Dustin Poirier demands title shot after stopping Justin Gaethje cold

UFC Glendale: Dustin Poirier demands title shot after stopping Justin Gaethje cold

Gaethje relied on his chin to carry him through the earlier parts of the fight as he attacked Poirier relentlessly with leg kicks that left Poirier limping back to his corner.

"This is my 20th fight in the UFC", Poirier said in the Octagon after the fight.

Gaethje's loss to Poirer was named fight of the night, the second consecutive card the 29-year-old has received the honour, and the Arizona native speaks with a level of confidence that makes you believe that he nearly expects to be in "fight of the night" calibre bouts. He even seemed to have Poirier almost defeated in the third round off a big left, but an eye poke from Gaethje that resulted in a point deduction gave Poirer time to recover.

"I've been knocked out, climbed back, over and over again". He survived and won with a big left hand, moving a step closer to his title shot.

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Poirier knew his fight with Justin Gaethje would be like this.

"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 just stayed tough and believed in myself, got it done". I go in there to entertain people This is the entertainment business.

"I fought on short notice and gave a show", Oliveira said through a translator.

Gaethje earned the nickname "The Highlight" for his hyper aggressive style, but Poirier took the fight to him. And while Poirier landed several hard combinations, Gaethje walked through the punches and continued to batter the Louisiana native's right leg.

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Gaethje staggered Poirier with a hard right early in the third round, but was deducted a point late by referee Herb Dean for hitting with an open hand the second time in the fight. "I smell it. I feel it in the air".

"I want to fight for gold, man", Poirier said to MMA Fighting. "I'm not chasing rematches with Conor, rematches with Eddie, rematches with anybody".

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

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