UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Gaethje main card results

UFC Glendale 2018 Main Event Poirier

There were high expectations for the UFC Glendale main event between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje, and the two lightweight contenders lived up to all of them on Sunday, delivering a memorable and thrilling battle that ended with a fourth-round stoppage victory for Poirier at Gila River Arena

It was no surprise that the fists and feet began flying as soon as referee Herb Dean waved the combatants together. Gaethje focused on Poirier’s legs, while Poirier went upstairs, cutting Gaethje over the left eye. The pace was brutally fast, and as the round progressed, Poirier started digging to the body, which opened up head shots, allowing him to take the round. But the leg kicks of Gaethje had started taking their toll.

After a continuation of the hectic first round pace, there was a momentary break in the action early in round two when Poirier got poked in the eye, but there was no let-up once the two got back to business. And while Poirier landed several hard combinations, Gaethje walked through the punches and continued to batter the Louisiana native’s right leg. 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.

Arizona’s Gaethje was clearly the fresher of the two entering round three, and he continued to stalk Poirier, who was cut over the eye and clearly bothered by it. With a little over three minutes left, Gaethje stunned Poirier with a punch upstairs, and as the fight went to the fence, Gaethje went on the attack. Poirier was able to buy some time, though, and he made it back to the center of the Octagon, where he was able to score with more hard shots. A pivotal moment came in the final minute of the round, though, when another eye poke from Gaethje cost him a point from referee Herb Dean.

Seconds into round four, a left hand from Poirier drilled Gaethje and hurt him, and “The Diamond” emptied his tank trying to finish. Gaethje did everything in his power to stay in the fight, but it was not to be, as Poirier’s barrage of punches brought in Dean to stop the bout at :33 of the fourth round.

The No. 5-ranked Poirier ups his record to 23-5 with the win. The No. 6-ranked Gaethje falls to 18-2.

OLIVEIRA vs CONDIT

Taking a fight against former WEC and interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit on two weeks’ notice is a risky proposition, but Brazil’s Alex Oliveira fearlessly took it and then delivered in the UFC Glendale co-main event at Gila River Arena, submitting Condit in the second round.

Albuquerque’s Condit had a tough time getting a read on the timing of the unorthodox Oliveira, who landed some solid counters before taking Condit down 90 seconds into the fight. Condit fought his way free and scored a takedown of his own, allowing him to fire off ground strikes before taking Oliveira’s back in a scramble. Condit nearly got in a rear naked choke twice, but the Brazilian got loose and made it to the end of the frame.

Oliveira got the fight to the mat as round two commenced, and the two scrambled back and forth, Oliveira cutting Condit, but “The Natural Born Killer” working his way into the top position. Midway through the round, Oliveira caught Condit with an up kick, and soon after he locked in a tight guillotine choke. And while Condit held on for a while, eventually he was forced to tap, with the end coming at 3:17 of the second round.

With the win, Tres Rios’ Oliveira moves to 18-4-1 with 2 NC. The No. 12-ranked Condit, who has lost four straight, falls to 30-12.

UFC Glendale 2018 Main Card Adesanya

ADESANYA vs VETTORI

Highly-touted middleweight Israel Adesanya got a tough test out of fellow up and comer Marvin Vettori, but he still left Glendale with a three-round split decision victory and his undefeated record intact.

Vettori was aggressive from the start, but Adesanya’s speed and defense kept him from any serious trouble as he mainly focused on his opponent’s legs throughout the opening frame.

After missing on two takedown attempts in the first round, Vettori also came up empty on the third early in the second stanza, and Adesanya was settling into a groove on the feet, which was bad news for the Italian, who began to take an array of kicks, punches and elbows.

Vettori finally got his takedown in the third round, but Adesanya avoided any trouble and got back to his feet. Vettori kept the pressure on, though, and he put the New Zealander back on the deck again. A restart from referee Herb Dean broke up a subsequent clinch against the fence, but Adesanya wasn’t able to do enough in the closing moments to get the round. “The Last Stylebender” did do enough for the win via scores of 29-28 twice and 28-29.

Adesanya moves to 13-0 with the win. Vettori falls to 12-4-1.

WATERSON vs CASEY

Strawweight contender Michelle Waterson snapped a two-fight losing streak as she took a three-round split decision over Arizona’s own Cortney Casey in the main card opener.

Waterson’s movement kept Casey at bay early in round one, but eventually, Casey began landing some hard shots that got Waterson’s attention. With 90 seconds remaining in the opening frame, Waterson was able to take Casey down, and while the Arizonan worked well off her back, nearly locking in an armbar, Waterson got free and ended the round with some hard ground strikes.

Phoenix’ Casey had a good start to round two, as she cut off the ring on Waterson and landed several solid shots. Waterson again responded by a takedown, and Casey got closer with the armbar the second time around. Waterson escaped once more, and then again on a third attempt, and as the fighters rose, Waterson landed a kick to the body that knocked “Cast Iron” off balance just before the horn.

The strawweights continued to get after it in the final frame, with Albuquerque’s Waterson getting the fight to the mat but Casey always responding with submission attempts. In the closing seconds, Casey went all-in in search of the finish, but Waterson was able to hold out until the fight ended.

With the win, the No. 7-ranked Waterson ups her record to 15-6. The No. 10-ranked Casey falls to 7-6.

Article Source: au.ufc.com By Thomas Gerbasi