Poirier stops Gaethje in 4th round of absolute barn burner

Ross Houston
April 15, 2018

Poirier attacked primarily with punches to the head, while Gaethje chose to brutalize his adversary's legs. Poirier and Gaethje received "Fight of the Night" honors and $50,000 apiece for their lightweight brawl on Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz.

Poirier has gone 7-1 with one no contest since moving to lightweight and his dominant finishes over Gaethje and former champion Anthony Pettis certainly put him in the conversation as a fighter who might just get the next crack at the lightweight title. Gaethje also appeared to have Poirier fading after Round 2 by absorbing every combination his opponent could throw without taking a step backward.

But in the fourth, Poirier rocked Gaethje with a left hand and as he followed up with a flurry of punches, referee Herb Dean called a halt to proceedings.

Alex Oliveira, a late replacement for Matt Brown, beat former interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit by submission in the co-main event.

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.

Poirier, though, is a man whose own penchant for action could well rival anyone's and sure enough, when push came to shove, he was able to handle the heat and record a huge win for his title aspirations. "I'm a UFC employee and I know I have to be ready when it comes".

"I didn't see the shot - I think it hit me somewhere on the left side - and I backed myself up against the cage, which is something I don't want to do with a guy like that, especially when they hurt you", Poirier said.

"This guy would've died in here if Herb Dean didn't stop it", Poirier said. And Michelle Waterson was given a gift decision after getting out-muscled on the feet and the ground by Cortney Casey.

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