The UFC on FOX 1: "Velasquez vs. Dos Santos" event, taking place tonight (Sat., Nov. 12, 2011) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, featured a featherweight fracas pitting two rising contenders.
Pablo Garza, who has won bonus awards in both his UFC fights, took on Dustin Poirier, a hot prospect at 145-pounds who could be a contender with another win or two. Did the excitement promised in the hype come through in the fight?
It sure did.
That's because Poirier turned in yet another incredible performance, patiently picking his spots before eventually submitting Garza in the second round. "Sorry it was so slow, he's a dangerous guy," Poirer explained to the camera afterward.
No worries, "Diamond," you looked phenomenal.
Garza came out on his bicycle, careful to remain patient and not give anything away before the time was right. Poirier, for his part, stalked his opponent, picking his spots to attack, though there weren't many in the opening round.
In fact, it was Garza who threatened with a kneebar midway through. He failed in his attempt and wound up on his back eating knuckle sandwiches to before the horn saved him.
It couldn't save him in round two, though, as he once again found himself on his back. This time, he found himself in a D'Arce choke and it was only a matter of time before he tapped.
That tend to happen when everything is going black around you.
Count another one for Poirier. Featherweights watch out.
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