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Matches to Make After UFC Fight Night 'Poirier vs. Pettis'

Matches to Make After UFC Fight Night 'Poirier vs. Pettis'

He then turned his attention toward his next fight against the victor of the upcoming UFC 218 fight between Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje.

Poirier with some ground and pound, but then he stands over Pettis and the former champ does a nice job of sweeping him. Poirier looks for another takedown, but Pettis is able to push him into the cage.

The action was furious from the opening bell, with Poirier using his trademark pressure style to stalk the more striking-focused Pettis with some effective takedowns and follow-up ground and pound, but "Showtime" used a crafty ground game to reverse position and land his own damage. Poirier shoots for another takedown, gets Pettis up and down to the mat. Poirier potentially thinking about a leg lock, but it's not long before they are both back on the feet.

In the end, Poirier locked on a tight body triangle and took Pettis' back, and reversed to mount after failing to lock up a rear-naked choke.

Poirier takes Pettis' back and loosk for a choke, but Pettis manages to transition on top!

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Pettis was transported to a local hospital after the fight. Battered, bloodied and ultimately broken, Pettis tapped 2:08 into Round 3 after suffering an apparent rib injury.

Pettis appeared to injure himself while trying to escape that twisted up position under Poirier though and that earns "The Diamond" what is officially declared as a TKO victory at 2.08mins of the third round.

"I'm not going to ask for a fight, I'm going to tell you right now who I'm going to fight", Poirier said. Alvarez is scheduled to fight undefeated Justin Gaethje in December at UFC 218, and "The Diamond" was quick to say he wanted to face the victor of the bout.

It's hard to argue with Poirier's logic considering his latest performance and his past beef with Alvarez stemming from their fight earlier this year. Pettis has lost five of his last seven fights. Of course, Pettis put up a serious battle against Poirier, but unfortunately still came out on the losing end.


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