Finishing the Fight: UFC on ESPN 12

Dustin Poirier UFC Calgary
Dustin Poirier Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

Mixed martial arts fans love a good fight-ending sequence, as often it summarizes the story of the fight in just a few seconds. Getting the finish is a definitive end to a fight that makes a statement: “I was this much better than my opponent at that particular moment in time.”

Every fighter has their go-to moves, especially specialists within certain martial arts disciplines. Their own signature styles that can lead to spectacular finishes. Whether it’s a scary-good rear-naked choke that fighters just can’t seem to avoid once going to the ground or crazy power in a straight left hand that has dropped even granite-chinned fighters with ease, each fighter has a particular finishing move or sequence. Moves that have stuck in fan’s minds and come to define and describe their careers within the cage.

Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (25-6, 1 NC (UFC), 17-5, 1 NC UFC)

Poirier has finished 13 fighters by KO or TKO in his career and has finished six fighters by submission. Dustin Poirier is the cream of the crop at lightweight in the UFC. Dustin has only won six fights by decision.

Poirier has stopped six of his opponents in the UFC’s lightweight division and 10 finishes under the promotional banner in total.  ‘The Diamond’ holds finishes over Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alverez, Anthony Pettis and Bobby Green just to name a few.  It’s well known by fans that Poirier has some of the best boxing in the sport, he has the KO resume to prove it, and it led him to a lightweight title shot last year against the champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.