LAS VEGAS — Dustin Poirier won a thrilling unanimous final decision above Dan Hooker on Saturday evening, surviving a brutal second round and persevering to complete a perfectly-rounded overall performance in the most important celebration at the UFC’s corporate health club.
Mike Perry also finished his two-fight skid with a a single-sided unanimous determination in excess of Mickey Gall in the penultimate struggle of the UFC’s fifth consecutive admirer-cost-free party in its hometown.
The primary event was a barn-burner from the opening spherical, with both of those lightweights trading wicked strikes and displaying small regard for defense. The second round was a specific spectacle, with just about every fighter badly hurting the other whilst throwing punches and knees at whole ability.
The fight went to the floor in the fourth round, and Poirier attempted quite a few submissions just before Hooker escaped. Poirier appeared to have additional vitality still left for the fifth round, and he received on all three cards: 48-47, 48-47 and 48-46.
“It was a challenging a person,” Poirier said. “Dan arrived to fight. He’s a rough man. He’s on the rise. He definitely imagined he was likely to get past me. I trusted in my staff, in my ability and my operate ethic.”
Poirier (26-6) capped his extended rise by beating Max Holloway in April 2019 for the interim lightweight title. He shed the belt to unbeaten winner Khabib Nurmagomedov previous September, and a leg injury subsequently kept him out of the cage for the longest stretch of his vocation.
He was back again in great type towards Hooker (20-9), the difficult kickboxing star from New Zealand who had received 7 of his previous 8 bouts due to the fact 2016.
Perry experienced lost five of his very last seven fights, and his wild mixed martial arts career took yet another swerve in current months when he split with his spouse, separated from his coaches and made a decision that his girlfriend, Latory Gonzalez, would be the only particular person in his corner at this fight.
Gonzalez does not have an intensive beat sports activities history, and her corner get the job done mainly consisted of putting an ice bag on Perry’s neck concerning rounds and expressing: “You’re doing excellent, toddler.” Perry made use of his outstanding striking capabilities and an remarkable ground video game to receive just his 2nd win since July 2018.
“Every time we get in there, it is all up to me,” stated Perry, who strategies to get new coaches in advance of his future bout. “I educated for this. I’m a qualified.”
The show was the last of five weekend activities at the UFC Apex health club on the promotion’s corporate campus. The UFC has staged 8 lover-totally free situations amid the coronavirus pandemic because returning from an eight-week break.
The UFC will acquire future week off right before resuming competitors on July 12 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi with UFC 251, a stacked pay out-for every-watch display with a few title fights. The promotion will keep 4 shows about 14 days at the so-known as “Fight Island” just before returning stateside.
This newest Vegas exhibit was stacked with amazing finishes and abnormal benefits.
Heavyweight Maurice Greene stopped his two-combat skid with an unorthodox submission of Gian Villante, who was on best of Greene and apparently in control when Greene wrapped an arm all-around his head. Despite the fact that Greene (9-4) didn’t have a conventional chokehold all over Villante’s neck, an fatigued Villante was not able to move and tapped out with 1:16 left in the battle.
Japanese welterweight Takashi Sato manufactured one particular of the most impressive stoppages of the night time, beating late substitute opponent Jason Witt with a flurry of strikes in just 48 seconds.
Julian Erosa, one more late substitution opponent, received his battle on five days’ discover by forcing Sean Woodson to faucet out with a choke halfway by the third round. Erosa was dropped from the UFC roster previous calendar year right after three straight losses, but seized his very last-minute opportunity to return.
A string of five consecutive finishes started with the second battle of the night. Kay Hansen, a 20-12 months-outdated strawweight generating her UFC debut, defeat Jinh Yu Frey in the 3rd round with an armbar finish reminiscent of her hero, Ronda Rousey.