Justin Gaethje has promised his fans five more unmissable bouts as a professional mixed martial artist following his UFC Glendale defeat to Dustin Poirier last night. The fifth-ranked lightweight, Poirier bloodied Gaethje in the first round and finished him off with a flurry early in the fourth to move a step closer to a title fight.
It should be noted that Gaethje is still just 29-years-old. Poirier went toe-to-toe with Justin Gaethje for three rounds straight before knocking out Gaethje early in the fourth round, making a statement to the rest of the lightweight division.
First, it was his stunning comeback victory win over Michael Johnson, next, it was his violent brawl with Eddie Alvarez and yesterday, he managed to maintain his own ridiculous standard with a heroic but ultimately unsuccessful clash with Dustin Poirier. "I've never been anxious about winning and losing".
Repeated eye pokes from Gaethje gave Poirier much-needed respite and preserved his lead on the cards, as referee Herb Dean briefly halted the action to dock Gaethje a point for the transgressions.
The end came when Poirier landed a left hand that stunned Gaethje.
Dustin Poirier's boxing looked super crisp in this fight.
There were several dream fights for him to take part in and he has done just that.
What remains unsure, however, is whether Poirier will get his wish for an instant title shot. And the fight delivered in spades, going back and forth before ending with Poirier hurting Gaethje and attacking him to a stoppage 33 seconds into round four. Probably not given both McGregor and Tony Ferguson are lurking and looking for a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, but it seemed to be a sign that Poirier is finally living up to his elite-level potential, and that's only a good thing. The former featherweight contender feels reborn in his return to 155 pounds and has added plenty of poise and polish to his exciting style.