Dana White: Dustin Poirier 'absolutely' a contender for UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov

Dana White: Dustin Poirier 'absolutely' a contender for UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov

It never really seemed likely that last night's lightweight clash between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje was going to disappoint but those in attendance at UFC Glendale last night were treated to an all-out war as two of the division's finest scrapped hard over four rounds.

While it may sound like a far-away possibility with Nurmagomedov seemingly headed for a vast grudge match with former champ Conor McGregor, UFC President Dana White was understandably complimentary of "The Diamond" when discussing the insane match-up at UFC on FOX 29 with Megan Olivi during the post-fight show on FOX Sports 2. In his last nine fights, Poirier is 7-1 with a no-contest vs. Eddie Alvarez. I fight to entertain people.

In the co-main, Alex Oliveira emerged victorious in a back and forth battle against a game Carlos Condit by catching him with an upkick and then choking him out against the fence. "I'm a UFC employee and I know I have to be ready when it comes".

Although he lost the fight, Gaethje was one half of the Fight of the Night, so his entertainment factor earned him an additional $50,000 bonus. Late in the round, Poirier saw a couple takedown attempts come up empty, and it was Gaethje missing, but thrilling the crowd, with a flip at his foe.

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Gaethje started landing punches in the second round and wore Poirier down with a series of hard leg kicks, revving up chants of "Gaethje!" from the crowd.

"This guy would've died in here if Herb Dean didn't stop it", Poirier said. "I smell it. I feel it in the air".

But in the end, he picked up arguably his biggest win in the octagon by fighting through the pain into the fourth round where he rocked Gaethje with a big shot and followed with a precise fight-ending combination that forced Herb Dean to call it off.

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