Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight scrappers Dustin Poirier and Bobby Green threw down last night (June 4, 2016) at UFC 199 inside The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Poirier came into this bout with plenty momentum. Riding the wave of a pair of knockouts and a domination of a major prospect, Poirier was looking to advance into the top 10.
On the other hand, this was Bobby Green's chance to reassert himself into the title mix. Though he's a proven tough competitor, injuries kept "King" out of the cage and left him on the outside looking in.
Instead, Poirier looked better than ever.
Both men came out firing, and it was Poirier who struck first. As Green shrugged off his opponent's punches, Poirier connected with a massive left hand that sent his opponent to the mat face-first.
Frankly, I was a bit shocked Green managed to survive and work back to his feet. However, he was still very rocked and tried to move his head and avoid his opponent's shots, but Poirier simply kept connecting.
Eventually, Poirier's punches were simply too much for Green's iron jaw. An overhand left sent him to the mat once more, and this time Green wasn't able to get back up.
This was a sensational performance by Poirier. The Louisianian came out firing hard and landed early. Once he had his opponent hurt, Poirier swarmed intelligently until he was able to force the finish.
It was a smart and dominant win.
There's not much more to analyze. Working with his powerful left hand and the occasional kick, Poirier got the better of Green in most exchanges and quickly finished the bout.
Following this win, Poirier deserves a high-profile match up. For example, a scrap with someone like Edson Barboza.
Green really needed a win here, or at least a strong performance. Instead, he was blown out of the water almost immediately and never really got a chance to get going.
Green's showboating and taunting are obviously a contentious point, but they really did not work out for him here. Against such a powerful puncher, Green really shouldn't have relied on that game so much.
It cost him dearly.
Last night, Dustin Poirier quickly knocked out Bobby Green. Is the American Top Team fighter a future champion?
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