Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
In a bout between two featherweights looking to get back on the winning track, it was the American Top Team transplant who came out the victor in a wild back and forth exchange. Dustin Poirier, after a chaotic beginning to the bout, submitted Jonathan Brookins in the first round of their main card bout at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale in Las Vegas, Nev.
The end came officially at 4:15 of the first round due to a suffocating d'arce choke.
Matters started simply enough with the two feeling each other out on the feet, but things quickly took a turn for the crazy. Brookins was able to land power punches that had Poirier backing up and clearly hurt. Brookins pursued but opted to wing heavy shots, which Poirier also met with equally chaotic swings. Both fighters landed significantly.
Brookins continued to pursue Poirier and was able to land several more hard, accurate punches. However, it was Poirier that begin to put his offense together with combination striking. Brookins' lack of movemnt - both with his head and feet - cost him in the end. Poirier forced Brookins to put his back to the fence and dropped him with a furious combination.
Brookins attempted to shoot on Poirier, but the Louisiana native stopped it with locked up a bicep grip for the d'arce choke. Poirier fell to his left hip and moments later, Brookins tapped.
Poirier moves to 6-2 under Zuffa-owned MMA promotions and 13-2 overall.
MMA Fighting's Shaun Al-Shatti liveblogged the bout in realtime as follows:
Round 1: Herb Dean is our referee. Brookins connects with a hook to the body. Poirier misses wildly. Brookins stumbles Poirier with a straight punch. Poirier is in trouble early. Brookins pouring it on, looking for a finish. Poirier survives, clinches and seems to have recovered. Brookins catches Poirier again. Poirier pressures Brookins against the fence. Brookins separates and both fighters retake the center of the cage. Brookins eats a strong right hook to the jaw. Poirier slips off of a Brookins counter. Poirier finds a home for his uppercut. Poirier follows with another straight shot that drops Brookins. Poirier rushes in, and after a brief clinch, unloads another combination. Brookins changes levels but Poirier defends and seizes a D'arce choke. Brookins taps immediately. Wild back and forth fight.
Jonathan Brookins def. Dustin Poirier via submission (D'arce choke) at 4:15 of round 1.
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