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UFC Glendale: Dustin Poirier demands title shot after stopping Justin Gaethje cold

UFC Glendale: Dustin Poirier demands title shot after stopping Justin Gaethje cold

Win, lose or draw, nothing seems to matter more to UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje than putting on an unforgettable show for his supporters and last night in his headlining matchup with Dustin Poirier, he sure did not disappoint.

The former WSOF champion is one of the most exciting fighters on the roster of the UFC, and for years, fight fans around the world have wanted to see him compete inside of the Octagon.

Either way, Poirier perfectly showcased not only his toughness but his evolution as a fighter both physically and mentally. "It is the entertainment factor for me", he said to the media (transcript courtesy of MMA Mania). He survived and won with a big left hand, moving a step closer to his title shot.

Poirier suffered more pain in the third round when Gaethje was docked a point for an accidental eye poke, which required the attention of the ringside doctor.

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"I got about five fights", he said.

"I go in there to entertain people". The first thing that Gaethje throws is a leg kick, and Poirier countered with a straight left, as he had been trying to do the entire fight. "I'm a UFC employee and I know I have to be ready when it comes".

Gaethje had a solid strategy of chopping away at Poirier's lead leg, which he did to great effect throughout the fight, all the while, both men lit each other up with powerful punch combinations. But the momentum appeared to change late in the round when Gaethje, who was warned one round earlier, was deducted a point by referee Herb Dean for poking Poirier in the eye. "I smell it. I feel it in the air". Coming off two losses, that's hard to say, but you want to see me fight. Poirier, however, found the crack in Gaethje's armor early in the fourth round, rocking him with a brutal punch, and then following up with an onslaught that he couldn't answer. Michelle Waterson opened the main card with a split-decision victory over Cortney Casey in a technical straw weight fight.