The UFC’s year-end card kicked off in the featherweight division as Dustin Poirier took on Diego Brandao in what was technically a catchweight bout. The bout would see Poirier follow through on the weigh-in vitriol and close out his year with an important win.
Poirier Crushes Brandao
Dustin Poirier wanted to make TUF 14 champion Diego Brandao pay for missing weight at yesterday’s weigh-ins and it is safe to say he did just that. Poirier used the majority of the first round to get his distance on the smaller fighter and it paid off later in the fight. The end of the fight came after Poirier escaped from a Brandao takedown and began to unload on the Brazilian fighter until referee Mario Yamasaki mercifully stepped in.
The victory allows Poirier to finish 2013 with two straight wins and a 2-1 record on the year. Brandao sees his three-fight win streak snapped after his loss tonight and drops to 4-2 in the Octagon.
Rd. 1- No touch of gloves in this one. Diego is looking for wild strikes early while Poirier is keeping him at distance. Poirier slips on a kick and Brandao catches him with an illegal kick but they wave each other on after Brandao apologizes. Fighters continue to circle and Poirier catches a kick but doesn’t do anything with it. Jab to a body kick by Poirier and Brandao launches into a body hook as well. Hard strike from Brandao buckles Poirier briefly. Brandao tries a takedown but Poirier powers a whizzer to escape. Poirier is using a lot of leaping strikes so far. Brandao with a takedown but Poirier scoots back to the cage and stands. Massive shots to the body by Poirier and he tags Brandao to the head. Brandao is hurt and Poirier pours it on. Poirier with a takedown but he stands back up to deliver a nasty right. Big punches now and Brandao is barely defending. Referee Mario Yamasaki mercifully calls a stop to the fight.
Result: Dustin Poirier def. Diego Brandao via TKO (strikes) at 4:54 of Round 1
Referee: Mario Yamasaki