After his opponent badly missed weight, Dustin Poirier angrily
got in his face and promised to make him suffer for the mistake.
Mission accomplished. After a back-and-forth first round, Poirier
found an extra gear and turned on the offense, battering Diego
Brandao for a first-round TKO win.
The finish came at 4:54.
The ending sequence was starting by a stinging series punctuated
with a left hook against the fence that dropped Brandao. Poirier
dove in with strikes from the top and was unrelenting until ref
Mario Yamasaki stepped in to stop him.
“Words can’t explain how happy I am,” the No.
6 ranked Poirier said. “I busted my ass for this. I
didn’t cut any corners. I got up days I couldn’t move
and I knew I was going to win tonight. He would have had to kill
The fight, which was originally scheduled as a 145-pound
featherweight contest, turned into a catch weight affair after
Brandao’s two attempts at cutting only finished with him
making 151.5 pounds. Poirier took the fight after accepting a cut
of Brandao’s purse.
“I’ve been working hard and getting better every
day,” he said. “I’m young, having fun, living the
With his second straight win, Poirier is now 15-3 while Brandao
is now 18-9 after having a three-fight win streak snapped.