Several months in the making, Dustin Poirier and Joe Duffy finally got to battle in the Octagon at UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The two were supposed to have met in the UFC Fight Night 76 main event on Oct. 24 in Ireland, but three days prior to the event, the fight was cancelled after Duffy suffered a concussion in a training session.
Both men are considered top contenders in the lightweight division, but despite a great fight that belied the final tally, the cards all fell in Poirier’s favor.
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It was a strong opening effort from each, but Duffy took charge early, using his superior boxing technique to slip and move a lot of Poirier’s punches before landing several hard shots of his own, doing some solid work to the body.
Poirier adjusted well, however, using his jab and leg kicks to keep some distance, and then surged forward to land dirty boxing combinations.
Just past the midway point of the round, Poirier secured a takedown and landed a couple elbows to the face. After returning to their feet, Poirier attempted another takedown, but couldn’t get it and the two traded blows until the horn.
What Poirier wasn’t quite able to perfect in the first round, he did much better in round two. He scored a double-leg takedown early in the frame and kept Duffy there for the duration, doing a lot of damage with numerous hard elbows to the head.
Poirier again scored a takedown early in the third round, but following a brief struggle, Duffy managed ….View full article