UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker Live Coverage

On Saturday night, UFC presents a “Fight Night” from their studio, the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The 10-fight card includes a headlining bout between ranked lightweights Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker. Follow along with the blog throughout the night for live updates on the action.

A full preview of the action can be viewed here.

Quick Results – Click a fight to skip to its part:

Prelims (6:00PM EDT / 3:00PM PDT) (ESPN / TSN 1, 4 & 5)

Bout 1: Youssef Zalal def. Jordan Griffin via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 2: Kay Hansen def. Jinh Yu Frey via Submission, Armbar (RD 3, 2:26)

Bout 3: Tanner Boser def. Philipe Lins via TKO, Punches (RD 1, 2:41)

Bout 4: Khama Worthy def. Luis Pena via Submission, Guillotine Choke (RD 3, 2:53)

Main Card (8:00PM EDT / 5:00PM PDT) (ESPN / TSN 1, 4 & 5)

Bout 5: Julian Erosa def. Sean Woodson via Submission, D’Arce Choke (RD 3, 2:44)

Bout 6: Takashi Sato def. Jason Witt via TKO, Punches (RD 1, 0:48)

Bout 7: Brendan Allen def. Kyle Daukaus via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 8: Maurice Greene def. Gian Villante via Submission, Arm Triangle Choke (RD 3, 3:44)

Bout 9: Mike Perry def. Mickey Gall via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 10: Dustin Poirier def. Dan Hooker via Decision, Unanimous

Live Coverage:

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

 

Poirier Wins After 25 Minute War

After a five-round battle in the main event, Dustin Poirier got a unanimous decision win over Dan Hooker. The fight saw both fighters show their toughness just as much as their skill in MMA.

The hectic fighting was very close at the start, with Poirier’s cardio taking over in the late rounds. The pace of the fight very much mirrored Weili Zhang versus Joanna Jędrzejczyk in early 2020, a fight which was described as an early “Fight of the Year” contender.

The win was a bounce back for Poirier, who lost to UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019.

“Could’ve been a little sharper … I can do better than that,” said Poirier in his post-fight interview, critical of his performance.

Poirier mentioned that he wants to fight again at the end of the year or in 2021.

Poirier versus Hooker play-by-play.

Bout 9: Mickey Gall (6-2) vs. Mike Perry (13-6) (Welterweight)

Gall Wins Decision Over Perry

The co-main event of the evening saw “Platinum” Mike Perry get a unanimous decision win over Mickey Gall. The fight saw Perry have better striking as well as many takedowns throughout.

A large part of the focus on the fight was on Perry’s corner for the fight, which was just his girlfriend this time.

The fight saw Gall bounce back from two previous losses in the UFC.

Perry versus Gall play-by-play.

Bout 8: Maurice Greene (8-4) vs. Gian Villante (17-11) (Heavyweight)

Greene Wins With

A late blitz by Gian Villante was stopped by Maurice Greene, who got a submission victory late in the third round from bottom position.

Greene was dropped in the third round from a left hook. The fight then went to the ground where Villante had top position. Exhaustion played a factor as Villante became tired on top of Greene.

The first two rounds were close, as Greene was able to chip away at the legs of Villante.

The fight saw Greene bounce back from a two-fight losing streak.

“My job was kind of on the line tonight,” said Greene in an emotional post-fight interview. He mentioned that he plans to now move his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico and continue to train at the JacksonWink MMA gym.

Greene versus Villante play-by-play.

Bout 7: Brendan Allen (14-3) vs. Kyle Daukaus (9-0) (Middleweight)

Allen Wins Brawl Against Daukaus

An absolutely brawl went to Brendan Allen on scorecards, picking up a victory against undefeated Kyle Daukaus. The fight saw Allen most successful in the first two rounds, dropping Daukaus on two different instances with strikes.

The fight turned bloody near the end of the first round after Allen landed elbows to the head of Daukaus from full guard.

Daukaus’ best round was the last, where he was able to keep Allen under control on the ground for a few minutes.

“Not too happy with myself but I’ll be back better,” said Allen in his post-fight interview.

Allen is now 3-0 in the UFC, having made his promotional debut in late 2019.

Allen called out Ian Heinisch after the fight.

Allen versus Daukaus play-by-play.

Bout 6: Takashi Sato (15-3) vs. Jason Witt (17-5) (Welterweight)

Sato Wins In Under A Minute

Takashi Sato got a first-minute victory over Jason Witt, stopping him with punches. The fight saw Sato connect with a two-punch combination that hurt Witt, finishing the fight shortly after.

The fight was the first for Witt in the UFC, as he took the fight on only a couple days notice.

Sato bounced back from a loss to Belal Muhammad in Fall of 2019.

Sato versus Witt play-by-play.

Bout 5: Sean Woodson (7-0) vs. Julian Erosa (23-8) (Catchweight 150-lbs)

Erosa Wins In Short Notice Debut

Julian Erosa saw success in his UFC debut, stopping Sean Woodson with a d’arce choke in the third round. The win, which Erosa took on short notice ended the previously undefeated seven-fight record that Woodson had before.

The fight was a close stand-up battle before the stoppage, with both fighters having their moments. Woodson used his reach to his advantage in the first round, landing lots of shots.

Erosa was able to keep Woodson against the fence in the second round and land his own strikes from that position. Early in the third round, Woodson dropped Erosa with a left hook.

Many times during the fight the fighters would be trading punches.

“It’s kind of a flaw, but it’s something I enjoy doing. I like to fight,” said Erosa after the fight, mentioning the brawling he got into with Woodson.

The fight was at a catchweight of 150 pounds.

Erosa versus Woodson play-by-play.

Bout 4: Luis Pena (8-2) vs. Khama Worthy (15-6) (Lightweight)

Worthy Catches Pena Late With Guillotine Choke

A close fight came to its end in the third round after Khama Worthy caught Luis Pena with a guillotine choke. The win was Worthy’s second in the UFC.

Pena was successful in the second round as he threatened a rear naked choke for many minutes on the ground.

“I knew he was tough. That’s exactly why I wanted to fight him,” said Worthy, commending Pena in his post-fight interview.

Pena, winner of season 27 of “The Ultimate Fighter” now has a 4-3 record in the UFC.

Worthy versus Pena play-by-play.

Bout 3: Tanner Boser (17-6-1) vs. Philipe Lins (14-4) (Heavyweight)

Boser Stops Lins Quickly With Punches

A heavyweight clash went the way of Tanner Boser on the prelims, as the Canadian stopped Philipe Lins in the first round with punches. Boser hurt Lins with an overhand right, following up with hooks that dropped Lins after.

Boser bounced back from a previous loss to Ciryl Gane in December.

Lins, a 2018 PFL Heavyweight Champion, is now 0-2 after making his UFC debut in May.

The heavyweight clash was first meant to be on the main card, however, it was swapped with a welterweight match between Takashi Sato and Jason Witt on last minute due to Witt having to get cleared by the Nevada State Athletic Commission still.

“While there was obviously compromises we had to make in training camp, I felt genuinely good going into this fight,” said Boser in his post-fight interview.

Boser called out Maurice Greene in the post-fight interview. “You wanna fight on ‘Fight Island?’ You can’t duck me now. I’m calling you out,” said Boser.

Boser versus Lins play-by-play.

Bout 2: Jinh Yu Frey (9-4) vs. Kay Hansen (6-3) (Strawweight)

Hansen Submits Frey For UFC Debut

In her UFC debut, Kay Hansen caught former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Jinh Yu Frey with an armbar to win. The win saw both fighters have their moments, mainly with Frey being the better striker and Hansen being the stronger grappler.

In the first round, Frey successful with counter-punching and landing leg kicks. The second round went Hansen’s way as the 20-year-old kept the fight on the ground after a takedown.

Before locking in an armbar to win, Hansen started to bleed. Hansen joined the UFC roster as the youngest women’s fighter on the roster.

“I haven’t had any time to process any of this,” said Hansen, who said she took this matchup last Sunday.

Hansen versus Frey play-by-play.

Bout 1: Jordan Griffin (18-7) vs. Youssef Zalal (8-2) (Featherweight)

Zalal Wins Unanimous Decision

Kicking off the four-fight preliminary card was a unanimous decision win for Youssef Zalal over Jordan Griffin. The ability to stop takedowns and connect with strikes is what gave Zalal the win.

Zalal landed good shots early and strung together good combinations in the third round. The second round saw Griffin get in trouble after a body punch hurt him.

After the fight, Zalal said he wants to return to competition in August. The win was Zalal’s second in the UFC through two appearances.

Zalal versus Griffin play-by-play.

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