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Poirier stops Gaethje in 4th round of absolute barn burner

15 April 2018

Poirier stunned Gaethje with a hard left hand in the fourth round and won by technical knockout in brutal a UFC lightweight fight among top contenders Saturday night.

"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 don't fight to win or lose, as stupid and insane as that sounds". A fist fight. That's what I've been preparing for for 12 weeks. "I just stayed tough and believed in myself, got it done".

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First, it was his stunning comeback victory win over Michael Johnson, next, it was his violent brawl with Eddie Alvarez and yesterday, he managed to maintain his own ridiculous standard with a heroic but ultimately unsuccessful clash with Dustin Poirier.

In the co-main, Alex Oliveira emerged victorious in a back and forth battle against a game Carlos Condit by catching him with an upkick and then choking him out against the fence.

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. "I was training, I knew I could be called at short notice". But, in terms of the championship implications of Poirier's win, what's the take away here? I go in there to entertain people This is the entertainment business. Poirier attacked primarily with punches to the head, while Gaethje chose to brutalize his adversary's legs.

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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 felt so comfortable in there and so good, the best I've ever felt.

"This guy would've died in here if Herb Dean didn't stop it", Poirier said. Hot prospect Israel Adesanya continued to show promise but couldn't finish his fight against Marvin Vettori.

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Poirier stops Gaethje in 4th round of absolute barn burner