Round 1: Poirier lands an outside leg kick. Swanson delivers to the body. Swanson lands a right hand. Poirier looks for a takedown but Swanson stuff it. Swanson goes to the body with a punch. He moves in and Poirier lands a counter right hand. Poirier works the legs of Swanson. Poirier works to secure a takedown. Poirier presses Swanson against the cage and delivers knees to the body. They exchange. Swanson lands a big uppercut. Poirier gets a takedown. He works inside Swanson’s full guard. A minute remains. Poirier peppers Swanson’s body with punches. Swanson gets back to his feet. He lands a jumping knee. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Swanson.
Round 2: Swanson lands to the body. Poirier lands a right hand. Swanson delivers a knee to the body. Swanson lands a left hand. Poirier works for a takedown. He looks for a double leg takedown before switching to a single leg. Swanson gets free. Swanson lands a hard right hand to the body. Swanson misses with a spinning back fist and Poirier drops down and secures a double leg takedown. Swanson applies a shoulder lock and uses it to stand. Poirier lands a counter combination and then works for a takedown. Poirier lands a right hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Poirier.
Round 3: Swanson lands a left hand. They exchange leg kicks. Swanson misses with a high kick. Poirier works for a takedown. He has Swanson pressed against the cage. Swanson gets free but Poirier lands a left hand. Poirier lands a stiff jab that snaps Swanson’s head back. Swanson gets the fight to the ground. He lands elbows inside Poirier’s guard. Swanson shifts around and takes Poirier’s back. Poirier gets out but Swanson reverses and gets the mount. They’re back standing. Swanson lands to the body. Swanson secures a throw. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Swanson.
The judges score it for Swanson by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 29-28, 30-27.