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He had to eat a bevy of Gaethje's thunderous leg kicks for his trouble, but Poirier's methodical showing extended his win streak to three and prompted a postfight call to a cage-side Dana White for a shot at newly crowned lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov. And the fight delivered in spades, going back and forth before ending with Poirier hurting Gaethje and attacking him to a stoppage 33 seconds into round four.
"The Diamond" used the post-fight interview with Jon Anik to make his case for a title shot with new lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He was forced to walk through hell in order to get there in a fight that was contested on Gaethje's terms when it comes to pace and distance.
"I've been knocked out, climbed back, over and over again".
Since losing to Conor McGregor in September of 2014, which marked Poirier's final fight at featherweight, Dustin has since gone 7-1 with 1 no-contest over his past nine fights. The No. 6-ranked Gaethje falls to 18-2.
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He's a true warrior in every sense of the word and if we're being honest, a genuine crazy-man in the octagon but with time well and truly ticking on his career, enjoy fighters like Justin Gaethje while you can.
It was the 29-year-old's 20th fight in the UFC, but he is yet to have a chance to challenge for a title.
"I've paid my dues", Poirier said.
Poirier and Gaethje secured Fight of the Night, while Alex Oliveira and Adam Wieczorek earned performances of the night. Poirier hit Gaethje with a couple of combinations, bloodying the left side of his face midway through the first round while dodging most of Gaethje's counter attempts. "I smell it. I feel it in the air". 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.