UFC Fight Night: Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker Play-by-Play

Headlining a “Fight Night” for the UFC on Saturday night, high-level lightweights Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker clashed. Here’s how the fight went.

Bout 10: Dustin Poirier (25-6) vs. Dan Hooker (20-8) (Lightweight)

Both fighters traded leg kicks to start. Hooker landed with a short jab early in the first minute. Hooker connected with two more calf kicks, with Poirier responding with a left hand. Poirier nearly caught a leg kick in the second minute. Another leg kicks connected from Hooker, but that one made Poirier wobble a little. Hooker accidentally kicked the cup of Poirier but a break was not needed due to it. Poirier caught Hooker while he came in for punches in the third minute. In a clinch, Poirier put Hooker against the cage before they separated. Poirier connected with two hard body kicks in the fourth minute. After Poirier landed two punches, Hooker caught him for a clinch. When they separated, Poirier was backed up against the cage. Both of them connected with punches from that position, with Hooker even landing a knee.

Poirier had a hot start in the second round, chasing Hooker down with punches. Hooker answered back quickly, landing his own punches. After Hooker threw a knee, Poirier tried for a takedown. Hooker was able to keep it on the feet in a clinch. Poirier landing a few hooks to the head when leaving clinch. They threw and connected with wild hooks before clinching again. Poirier tried again for a takedown in the third minute, but Hooker stopped him yet again. A cut on the right side of both fighter’s faces opened and bled somewhat. The fighters almost took turns throwing their combinations in the later half of the round. Hooker had Poirier backing up late in the round after landing multiple punches to the head. After a short clinch initiated by Poirier, the fighters tagged eachother even more with punches. They swung until the bell.

The start of the third round was a slower pace as opposed to the action before. Hooker got a takedown in the third minute of the round. On the way down, Poirier tried for a guillotine choke. Hooker escaped the choke after a few moments. Poirier moved to the cage and got to his feet in the final minute of the fight. Both fighters connected with some jabs before the round concluded.

Poirier walked down Hooker early in the fourth round and stuck many jabs. Hooker got a takedown in the second minute of the round, but they got up quickly after. Hooker got on the back of Poirier on the feet, going back to the ground after. Poirier escaped a choke on the ground, getting back to the feet. Hooker gets another takedown, but only for a few seconds. Poirier got his own takedown in the third minute. Poirier landed lots of punches from on top. Poirier got on the back of Hooker, but then tried for an armbar after slipping off his back. Hooker got out of the position and back on the feet. Hooker got a takedown in the final minute, where Poirier tried for a guillotine choke for a second before letting go.

The final round saw fatigue set in for both fighters who fought at a slower pace. The power was still there, however, as punches still snapped the heads back of the fighters. Hooker got a takedown with two minutes left. They got back up with Hooker on the back of Poirier. They separated after and returned to striking. Poirier stopped a takedown attempt in the 24th minute. Another two attempts were stopped in the final minute. They went down in the final seconds with Poirier on the side of Hooker. The fight ended with the fighters against the cage. Going to the scorecards after five rounds, the judges favoured Poirier (48-47, 48-47 & 48-46).

RESULT: Dan Hooker def. Dustin Poirier via Decision, Unanimous

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Poirier 9 9 9 10 10 47
Hooker 10 10 10 9 9 48

Full coverage. of the entire evening can be viewed here.

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