Justin Gaethje: 'I'm Content… That Was the Best I've Ever Felt'

Aubrey Yates
Апреля 15, 2018

His victory over "The Highlight" wasn't flawless, as he absorbed a ton of damage in the form of Gaethje's lethal inside leg kicks, a seemingly endless stream of which seemed to find their mark on Poirier's right leg. Dustin Poirier stunned Justin Gaethje with a hard left hand and won by a fourth-round technical knockout in a UFC lightweight fight. Poirier vs. Gaethje headlined the FOX-televised card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Either way, Poirier perfectly showcased not only his toughness but his evolution as a fighter both physically and mentally.

"Absolutely (he's a title contender)", White said on the UFC on FOX 29 post-event show on FS2. After months of seeing fights fall out due to last minute silliness and weight issues, all fourteen matches for UFC Glendale went ahead without issue and there were a lot of finishes.

"As I thought about the possibilities this fight could take, I knew I would have to dig down deep, I knew trouble would present itself", Poirier said.

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Gaethje (18-2), from Safford, Arizona, had the crowd support and landed a series of punches in the second round after a shaky first.

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. Late in the round, Poirier saw a couple takedown attempts come up empty, and it was Gaethje missing, but thrilling the crowd, with a flip at his foe.

"He's one of the guys we were thinking about calling last week to take the fight [against Khabib] but I didn't want to screw up this event and thank god I didn't".

Round Four: The round begins with Gaethje attacking Poirier with a two punch combination, Poirier rocks a swinging Gaethje with a counter left. 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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