His initial win streak of 4 fights - which included a win over Max Holloway - was stopped by Chan Sung Jung, and two subsequent winning streaks were snapped by Conor McGregor and Michael Johnson.
It never really seemed likely that last night's lightweight clash between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje was going to disappoint but those in attendance at UFC Glendale last night were treated to an all-out war as two of the division's finest scrapped hard over four rounds.
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The insane action continued into Round 3 when a counter right hand staggered Poirier against the fence. 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.
Poirier appeared willing to fight on despite the effect it had on his vision and argued with the cageside doctor and referee to continue. Poirier gets defensive and he swings away at an approaching Gaethje, Gaethje gets Poirier against the cage wall while landing knee strikes.
"This guy would've died in here if Herb Dean didn't stop it", Poirier said. "He has no quit in him, and I respect that 100 percent".
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Ricciardo managed to progress in 14th place in Q1 and duly ended qualifying sixth, one position behind teammate Max Verstappen . The Red Bull star started the race in sixth-position in what had been a week to forget for the Milton Keynes outfit.
Gaethje, 29, who has firmly established a reputation in three UFC fights for providing entertainment, also suffered his second straight defeat via violent knockout.
The good news for Poirier is that White was suitably impressed with his performance last night and does see him as one of the potential title contenders at 155lbs. In his last nine fights, Poirier is 7-1 with a no-contest vs. Eddie Alvarez.
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