Justin Gaethje Promises Five More Unmissable Fights In His MMA Career

Tanya Simon
April 16, 2018

Dustin Poirier wants to fight for the UFC's lightweight title next, and if that happens, it's a good thing Khabib Nurmagomedov isn't expected to compete for several months. 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.

Gaethje's latest setback will leave him just shy of the lightweight title discussion and in an interview given to a media scrum after the fight (via MMAFighting), he made it clear that he can only see himself competing in the sport five more times.

"As I thought about the possibilities this fight could take, I knew I would have to dig down deep, I knew trouble would present itself", Poirier said.

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. Gaethje also appeared to have Poirier fading after Round 2 by absorbing every combination his opponent could throw without taking a step backward.

Gold double for New Zealand
The All Black sevens were the first to score with Etene Nanai-Seturo stepping his way over for the opening try. The New Zealand men's and women's sevens teams have claimed gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games .

Seconds into round four, a left hand from Poirier drilled Gaethje and hurt him, and "The Diamond" emptied his tank trying to finish.

The 30-year-old Brazilian earned the biggest win of his career in the desert on two weeks' notice, forcing the former interim welterweight champ to submit with a second-round guillotine choke hold in a fight that bloodied both fighters. I fight to entertain people. "I'm a UFC employee and I know I have to be ready when it comes".

Poirier connected on 174 significant strikes in the bout, with 142 of those going to the head alone of Gaethje.

"I want to fight for gold, man", Poirier told MMAjunkie. "I smell it. I feel it in the air". With a little over three minutes left, Gaethje stunned Poirier with a punch upstairs, and as the fight went to the fence, Gaethje went on the attack.

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