Dustin Poirier vs. Diego Brandao
We open up the pay-per-view main card with featherweights Dustin Poirier (14-3) and Diego Brandao (18-8) in action.
Poirier scored a decision over fellow Top-10 fighter Erik Koch this past August, improving to 2-2 in his last four. Brandao has won three straight since a 2012 loss to Darren Elkins and is 7-1 in his previous eight.
Round 1: Reports have Brandao coming in after a car accident, which caused him to miss weight badly. Poirier was very upset and let him know about it during weigh-ins. Brandao did get down to 151 after first hitting the scales even bigger. Brandao drops him and lands a kick to the face just as Poirier was standing. Nothing hurt, though, and we continue on. Nasty leg kick by Brandao after Poirier connects with a right hook. Poirier hits a right and Brandao answers with a straight kick to the body. Great fight so far through two minutes, as many feel this could be “Fight of the Night.” Brandao drops him again with a shot, but Poirier quickly gets to his feet. Brandao with a takedown and Poirier gets to his feet immediately and catches him against the fence. Poirier is pouring it on, dropping Brandao and a second time. Nasty shots by Poirier and Brandao is hurting as he hammers down from the top. Brandao looks out and the ref steps in with just seconds left.
Dustin Poirier def. Diego Brandao via TKO (strikes) at 4:54 of Round 1