Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje was everything that fans expected and more on Saturday night at UFC on Fox 29.
After unrelenting phonebooth striking from both men for 15 minutes, Dustin Poirier’s volume of head strikes proved too much for Gaethje to handle despite ‘The Highlight’ calling Poirier on while staggering around the cage.
With Poirier claiming the victory in the early ‘Fight of the Year’ contender, ‘The Diamond’ is now on a four-fight unbeaten run in the UFC and eager for a title shot against new champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Elsewhere at the Glendale, Arizona event, there were big wins for a number of fighters on the 14-fight deep card. On the FightPass portion of the event, Alejandro Perez continued his under-the-radar climb up the bantamweight division with a stoppage victory over Matthew Lopez; Lauren Mueller defeated Shana Dobson in a fun women’s flyweight bout while Adam Wieczorek scored only the second omoplata submission in UFC history against Arjan Bhullar.
The preliminary card saw all four fights result in big wins for their victors as Brad Tavares, Muslim Salikhov and Antonio Carlos Junior all recorded stoppage victories while John Moraga edged out Wilson Reis in an excellent back-and-forth technical battle.
With UFC on Fox 29 now in the books and another brilliant lightweight main event on the horizon, here are five fights that the UFC matchmakers should be pencilling in: