On Saturday night time on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Dan Hooker and Dustin Poirier went to absolute conflict, battering one another for 5 full rounds in the primary occasion of UFC on ESPN 12 (watch the highlights right here). Whereas Hooker outstruck Poirier statistically within the first two rounds and managed to harm “Diamond” a number of instances throughout the combat, he dropped a unanimous determination to the Lafayette native with 48-47, 48-47, 48-46 scores.

“It was a troublesome one, man,” Poirier admitted afterwards throughout his submit combat interview. “Dan got here to combat, he’s a troublesome man, he’s on the rise. He actually thought he was gonna get previous me. Talked numerous trash like he was gonna transfer ahead and combat the champ. However I’m the f**king champ, man.”

Each males missed the post-event press convention with the intention to get stitched up, however Hooker jumped onto Instagram afterward to offer us an replace on how he was feeling following what should have been a bittersweet defeat. There’s no disgrace in any respect being a part of such an incredible combat and coming so near successful towards a troublesome opponent like Poirier. Nonetheless, a win would have modified his profession and set him up for a lot of large cash fights and put him inside placing vary of the light-weight title.

“Hey everybody, simply again on the resort with the lads having a feed,” Hooker stated. “Bought checked out of the hospital, the whole lot’s all good. Simply a few stitches on the attention. Hey, that’s the sport we play, no worries. It’s only a small setback and I’ll be again!”

“Credit score to Poirier higher man on the night time, no regrets, no excuses,” he added within the video caption. “Minor setbacks ain’t a serious for me.”

The loss to Poirier drops Hooker to 20-9 and snaps a 3 combat win streak that noticed him take victories over James Vick, Al Iaquinta, and Paul Felder. Whereas defeat definitely isn’t going to maneuver him nearer to his objective of turning into UFC light-weight champion, the spectacular exhibiting towards an absolute beast like Poirier undoubtedly raised his inventory within the eyes of many followers watching the combat.

And naturally, the $50,000 Combat of the Night time bonus doesn’t damage. It does elevate the query although: what sort of bonus does he deserve for Combat of the Yr and when can he accumulate? As a result of we’re midway by way of the yr and I’d say we now have a brand new frontrunner in that regard.



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