Dustin Poirier (23-5-0) overcame a spirited effort from hometown hero Justin Gaethje (18-2-0) en route to an exciting fourth round TKO victory in the main event of UFC on FOX 29 last night in Glendale, Arizona.

Gaethje attacked from the beginning, using the right hand and leg kicks to keep Poirier on the defensive counterattack. Both fighters primarily used their striking with Poirier mixing in five unsuccessful takedown attempts.

The end came when Poirier landed a left hand that stunned Gaethje. Unanswered followup strikes forced Gaethje to take a knee and forced referee Herb Dean to call the bout 33 seconds into the fourth frame.

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Poirier and Gaethje secured Fight of the Night, while Alex Oliveira and Adam Wieczorek earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

“The Diamond” used the post-fight interview with Jon Anik to make his case for a title shot with new lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD 

#7 MICHELLE WATERSON VS. #10 CORTNEY CASEY

WINNER: MICHELLE WATERSON VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CORTNEY CASEY VIA SD

Andrews: Waterson is sort of a gatekeeper for the division so can Casey break through? I think she does.

ISRAEL ADESANYA VS. MARVIN VETTORI 

WINNER: ISRAEL ADESANYA VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ISRAEL ADESANYA VIA TKO

Andrews: Vettori came forward and gave Adesanya some trouble. Close fight. It only gets more difficult from here.

#12 CARLOS CONDIT VS. ALEX OLIVEIRA

WINNER: ALEX OLIVEIRA VIA SUBMISSION R2 3:17

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEX OLIVEIRA VIA TKO

Andrews: A great win for Oliveira, taking out a hall of famer and getting the finish on two weeks notice.

MAIN EVENT

#5 DUSTIN POIRIER VS. #6 JUSTIN GAETHJE

 

WINNER: DUSTIN POIRIER VIA TKO R4 0:33

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DUSTIN POIRIER VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Dustin was better technically. Gaethje has to improve his defence, he can’t keep taking so many shots against the top guys. Good fight.

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