Dustin Poirier exacts revenge on Diego Brandao with TKO win

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

me.”

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

dream.”

With his second straight win, Poirier is now 15-3 while Brandao

is now 18-9 after having a three-fight win streak snapped.