Dustin Poirier picked up a dominant win over former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC Fight Night 120 last night (Sat., Nov. 11, 2017) in Norfolk, Virginia via submission by injury (full video replay here).
Indeed, “Showtime” tapped during a scramble with Poirier, as he was in visible pain holding his stomach in what appeared to be busted ribs. But to hear Dustin tell it, it was more of a case of a broken man than anything else.
“I think it was a broken man more than a broken rib. But, that’s my thought on it,” said Dustin during the post-fight press conference.
“Hopefully nothing is wrong with the guy, but I felt like the fight was slowly slipping away from him after that cut. And after the takedowns he realized that I was strong and that I was going to stay on top,” said Dustin.
Throughout the fight, Pettis tried to sink in a triangle choke to no avail, as the blood and sweat made it rather easy for him to sneak out of them. And being the cerebral fighter he is, Poirier took advantage of Anthony’s weak legs on the feet.
“He couldn’t submit me. All them triangles he threw up, I knew his legs were going to be tired once we got back up because I used to be a bottom guy, chase triangles, chase armbars,” said Poirier. That takes a lot out of your legs, especially if you’re a mover like he is, bouncing around. Like I said, I hope is okay, but I think it was more of a broken man than a broken rib,” he concluded.
Pettis was transported to a local hospital to treat his injury.
As for Dustin, he will now eagerly await to see how the upcoming collision between Justin Gaethje vs. Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 plays out, as “The Diamond” took to the mic during his post-fight victory speech to call for the winner.
Whoever it ends up being, it’s safe to say we all win.
For complete UFC Fight Night 120 results and coverage click here.