Round 1: No touch of gloves in this one. Poirier lands first with an inside leg kick. Brandao misses with a big right hand. He lands to the body with a left. Poirier steps in with a left hand. Brandao pushing forward. He lands an outside leg kick. Poirier lands a left hand and circles away. They clinch. Poirier lands on the break. Brandao lands a left hand counter and then goes to the body. He lands a big right hand that knocks Poirier down. Poirier gets back to his feet and lands a right hand of his own. Brandao secures a takedown but Poirier immediately gets back to his feet. Poirier lands a right hand. Poirier moves in with a left hand. Brandao secures a takedown with a minute remaining in the round. Poirier moves to the cage and uses it to stand. He lands a right hand. He lands right hand after right and to the body. Brandao is hurt. He falls to the canvas after being hit with a right hand. Poirier drops down into his guard and delivers hammer fists. The referee steps in and stops the fight with just seconds remaining in the round.
The official time of the technical knockout was 4:54 of the opening round.
“Diego missing weight really sucked because I busted my butt to make weight. I didn’t get to enjoy Thanksgiving or Christmas because I’m a professional and making weight is what we agree to do. Honestly him missing weight isn’t what got me so angry though. He started yelling and trash talking before weigh ins because he claimed I looked at him weird or something. It felt good to finish him because of that little issue before we weighed in yesterday. I’m just fortunate that I have great coaches and teammates around me who help me get better every day.”
“I really don’t want to talk about what happened out there. I just did the best I could. Everyone has been putting me down and I think he disrespected my skills before the fight. He put on a great show though and was able to finish me. I’ll come back better and make sure I make weight so that I truly deserve the win.”