Pros React to Wild UFC on ESPN 12 Headliner Between Poirier and Hooker

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Dustin Poirier UFC on ESPN 12
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 27: Dustin Poirier celebrates after his victory over Dan Hooker of New Zealand in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The UFC on ESPN 12 main event did not disappoint. The fight billed as “fan friendly” was just that and more. Explosive. Mesmerizing. At times surprising. And one hell of a lot of fun.

Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker battled it out from the opening bell, pulling out all the stops. Both men ate heavy blows. Both men had their limits tested. And by the time the fifth and final round rolled around, it was still anyone’s fight.

Hooker might have claimed the opening rounds. Poirier had come on strong as the fight progressed. But by the end of the fifth frame, it was clear that the former interim lightweight champ was in the driver’s seat. He had Hooker down, peppering him with short punches as the final bell sounded. When it did, it was Poirier walking away with his arms raised. Hooker appeared to know that he had let the victory slip through his fingers.

Not that there were any actual losers in this one. Score it for the fans, 50-45. Once again, in an empty arena in the midst of a raging pandemic, the UFC managed to put on a surprisingly compelling fight.

Kamaru Usman loved it. Even boxing legend Evander Holyfield was impressed. See how he, and a host of professionals from the MMA world, reacted to the UFC on ESPN 12 main event below!

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