There’s a new leader in the clubhouse for 2018’s Fight of the Year.
In a ridiculously wild, back-and-forth affair, Dustin Poirier defeated Justin Gaethje via fourth-round TKO in the main event of UFC on FOX 29 on Saturday night, winning an ungodly war of attrition to preserve his title hopes and send the former WSOF champion home with his second consecutive loss. Check out reaction to the madness below, plus the best of the rest from an action-packed night in Glendale, Ariz.
DUSTIN POIRIER DEF. JUSTIN GAETHJE
These are the kinda fights that make me rethink my career choice #UFCGlendale— Louis Smolka (@LASTSAMURAIUFC) April 15, 2018
Holy shit what a fight. Serious heart by Porier. He's not going to be walking well for a month but it will hurt a little less now #ufc— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) April 15, 2018
What a fight!! Dustin Poirier was getting behind on the momentum and he finds a home for a left hand that starts the beginning of the end for Gaethje. Two warriors!! 155 is stacked!! #UFCGlendale— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) April 15, 2018
The body can only take so much— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) April 15, 2018
What a fight!! Bombs the whole time! Congrats!!! @DustinPoirier— Jimmie Rivera (@JimmieRivera135) April 15, 2018
ALEX OLIVEIRA DEF. CARLOS CONDIT
Condit is a warrior. I grew up watching this guy. I wonder what he does next. Congrats to Oliveira getting the win, and finish on short notice. #UFCGlendale— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) April 15, 2018
ISRAEL ADESANYA DEF. MARVIN VETTORI
I had style bender winning the first 2 rds so I think that was a good decision— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) April 15, 2018
Close fights by the strikes that I saw landing. Adesenya takes RD 1 and RD 2 seemed to go his way as well. Vettori takes the 3rd. #UFCGlendale— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) April 15, 2018
Ground game some trash— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 15, 2018
Adesanya is amazing, as expected, when standing, with someone who'll stand in front of him and let him work his game. On the ground and takedowns? He needs work, also as expected. #ufcglendale— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) April 15, 2018
MICHELLE WATERSON DEF. CORTNEY CASEY
Awesome fight ladies— Julianna Peña (@VenezuelanVixen) April 15, 2018
Such a good and technical fight between both girls good job to both to both of you.— Brian Ortega (@BrianTcity) April 15, 2018
@karatehottiemma I am so proud of you. I don’t give a shit how many times you win or lose, you always push yourself to take one more step forward. I love you so much.— Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) April 15, 2018
Watersons so goddamn short she doesn’t have to change levels, awesome to see her evolving and earning that tough win. #UFCGlendale— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) April 15, 2018
If you get a takedown ... and spend your entire time on top defending sub attempts... that should count as losing #UFCGlendale— Nik Lentz (@NikLentz) April 15, 2018
Split decisions are the exact reason that fighters should be paid flat rates instead of show/win. Often it’s controversial but the fighter pays a massive price.— Damien Brown (@beatdown155) April 15, 2018
D”on’t leave it to the judges” is a ridiculous throw away line. It’s not the school yard sometimes it’s unavoidable.