Dustin Poirier TKO's Justin Gaethje In Thrilling Back-And-Forth Brawl

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In a clash of lightweight bangers that somehow exceeded lofty expectations, Poirier rocked Gaethje with a left hand before swarming him with punches to secure a stunning TKO in the fourth round of UFC on FOX 29's main event in Glendale, Ariz. on Saturday. The fighters separate and they just swing away at each other, Gaethje continues attacking Poirier with leg kicks.

It was the 29-year-old's 20th fight in the UFC, but he is yet to have a chance to challenge for a title.

"I've been knocked out, climbed back, over and over again". [UFC president] Dana [White], [matchmaker] Sean [Shelby], Khabib - let's f--ing go! Poirier starts attacking the midsection of Gaethje with punches, Gaethje rocks a winging Poirier witha counter right hook.

As Gaethje stumbled around the cage, Poirier swarmed in to tag him with combinations before finishing him along the cage wall. But the momentum appeared to change late in the round when Gaethje, who was warned one round earlier, was deducted a point by referee Herb Dean for poking Poirier in the eye. Dean jumped in at 33 seconds after Gaethje collapsed to the ground.

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"He's one of the guys we were thinking about calling last week to take the fight [against Khabib] but I didn't want to screw up this event and thank god I didn't".

While it gets sorted, Poirier could potentially rematch former champ Eddie Alvarez, whom he nearly defeated at UFC 211 a year ago before an illegal knee led to a questionable no contest from Herb Dean. In his last nine fights, Poirier is 7-1 with a no-contest vs. Eddie Alvarez.

Nurmagomedov, who won the title last week with a victory over Al Iaquinta, took note of the performance of both fighters via Twitter, posting "It was a great fight, congratulations both". The former featherweight contender feels reborn in his return to 155 pounds and has added plenty of poise and polish to his exciting style.

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