Dustin Poirier tops Dan Hooker in epic UFC main event

Uppercuts. Body shots. Uppercuts. Low kicks. High knees. Takedowns. This is how the main event between lightweight contenders Dan Hooker and Dustin Poirier.

Neither would yield. Giving shots, taking bigger shots. Each fighter emptied his arsenal at the chance to climb back into title picture discussion, along with Justin Gaethje, for a shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov’s championship belt. Together, they landed 404 total strikes, 334 significant strikes, and attempted 16 takedowns.

You’ll be good to remember this fight come December, because it will most likely be on a ton of Fight of the Year ballots, and for good reason.

In the end, the No. 3-ranked lightweight Poirier (26-6) earned the unanimous decision victory (48-46, 48-47 x2), ending the three-fight win streak of the No. 5-ranked Hooker (20-9).

He was all smiles after his hard earned victory over Hooker which moves the former interim lightweight champion closer to another crack at the title, but he may have to wait for the winner of Gaethje-Nurmagomedov, two fighters he knows very well; Poirier defeated Justin Gaethje via knockout in April 2018, and lost his bid to become the undisputed lightweight champion when he was submitted by Nurmagomedov in September 2019.

With this Fight of the Night, he earned praise from both his past opponents.

This continued the week of good news for Poirier, who the UFC announced on Friday would be the inagural recipient of the Forrest Griffin Community Award, for his outstanding work with The Good Fight Foundation, a community initiative he created with his wife, Jolie.

The night’s card aired Saturday evening, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

In the evening’s co-main event, Mike Perry defeated Mickey Gall via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).

Quick Results:Β 

Dustin Poirier def. Dan Hooker (UD)

Mike Perry def. Mickey Gall (UD)

Maurice Green def. Gian Villante (Sub. RD 3)

Brendan Allen def. Kyle Daukus (UD)

Takashi Soto def. Jason Witt (KO RD 1)

Julian Erosa def. Sean Woodson (Sub. RD 3)