Dustin Poirier outlasts Dan Hooker in five-round, “Fight of the Year” affair

The UFC held their fourth consecutive event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the last card the premier mixed martial promotion will hold in the United States as they will head to “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in two weeks for UFC 251.

The main event was a top-five fight in the lightweight division and a title eliminator between No. 3 Dustin Poirier and No. 5 Dan Hooker. The first round would be the appetizer of the fight with Hooker being more active on the feet but Poirier landing the more damaging blows. Per UFC Stats, Hooker outstruck Poirier 35-20 in the opening round.

The second round would become a “Round of the Year Candidate” as both men decided to throw down without hesitancy. Back-and-forth, the two fighters would exchange heavy shot after heavy shot. As the round ended, both men were bloodied, battered and drained of energy. Hooker outstruck Poirier 69-53 in the round.

The pace was slow down tremendously in the final three rounds as Poirier would win the striking in all three and triple Hooker’s strikes in the final round.

The judges scored the fight 48-47, 48-47 and 48-46 all in favor of Poirier.

Poirier gets back on track after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a UFC Lightweight Championship fight last September. He is now a winner in five of his last six fights. As for Hooker, he sees a three-fight win streak snapped and will have to work his way back into the lightweight title picture.

In the co-main event, “Platinum” Mike Perry, with only his girlfriend in his corner, took on Mickey Gall in a pivotal welterweight showdown. Perry was chaotic in the first round and Gall was able to get the better of the exchanges on the feet. However, Perry would settle down in the later two rounds and even score a takedown to take a unanimous decision victory. It was a big win for Perry as he was a loser in three of his last four fights.

Maurice Greene scored a big win for himself in a heavyweight clash against Gian Villante. Greene said in his post-Octagon interview that he needed the win money so that he could move his family. Of course, fighter pay has been one of the headlining criticisms Dana White and the UFC brass have faced over the last few years.

Other results:

Brendan Allen def. Kyle Daukaus via unanimous decision

Takashi Sato def. Jason Witt via TKO(punches). Round 1(0:48)

Julian Erosa def. Sean Woodson via submission(D’Arce choke). Round 3(2:44)

Khama Worthy def. Luis Peña via submission(guillotine choke). Round 3(2:53)

Tanner Boser def. Philipe Lins via KO(punches). Round 1(2:41)

Kay Hansen def. Jinh Yu Frey via submission(armbar). Round 3(2:26)

Youssef Zalal def. Jordan Griffin via unanimous decision

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