After having his five-fight winning streak ended by his title eliminator loss to “The Korean Zombie” in May, Dustin Poirier (13-2) returned in the best possible fashion submitting TUF 12 winner, Jonathan Brookins (13-6) in the opening main card fight on Saturday night at the TUF 16 Finale from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Both fighters were straight into action with Poirier catching Brookins, who responded with a big right hand that shook Poirier.
After a big flurry of shots by both fighters against the cage, Poirier engaged in a grappling contest, but Brookins unloaded with more jabs.
The action settled down midway through the round before Poirier caught Brookins with a three-punch combination, followed by a right hand that momentarily dropped him. Smelling blood, Poirier landed with more jabs, getting Brookins to the mat and finishing him with a D’arce choke at 1:15 of round 1.
“It’s redemption, but something even cooler than that is I tried out for the TUF season that Brookins won, so this was my finale” Poirier said.
“We only have 15 minutes to get it done, it’s been seven months since I fought ‘The Korean Zombie’ and I wanted to make a statement here.”
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