LAS VEGAS — Dustin Poirier’s matchup with Joe Duffy turned out to be worth the wait for Poirier.
The lightweight matchup was originally scheduled to be the main event of UFC Fight Night 76 on Oct. 24 in Dublin. But the bout was scrapped the week of the fight when it was revealed Duffy suffered a concussion in the late stages of training.
Saturday, Poirier-Duffy finally went off. And after a wild first round thrilled the early arrivals at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the Fight Pass prelim, Poirier pulled away over the second and third round to earn the victory at UFC 195.
The judges’ scores were 30-26, 30-27, and 30-27 in favor of Poirier.
The first round was a back-and-forth, hard-hitting affair, with both guys laying down serious leather. Duffy, for his part, saved his best shots for his counters. Poirier scored with some nasty dirty boxing. Late in the round, after the fight hit the floor, Poirier landed a wicked, fight-changing elbow.
In the second, Poirier took down a visibly tiring Duffy and spend much of the round schooling him from top position, raining down a mix of punches an elbows whenever he could create the space. In the third, Poirier again scored an early takedown. Duffy did manage to put a scare into Poirier by securing a tight kneebar, but Poirier escaped and cruised the rest of the way.
Poirier (19-4) improved to 3-0 since jumping up to lightweight and his won seven of his past eight fights.
“I don’t care how much pain I’m in, how much I bleed, I came to fight and I swear to God that’s what I did,” Poirier said.
Duffy (15-2), best known as the last fighter to defeat UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, had a four-fight win streak snapped and is now 2-1 in the ….View full article
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