On Saturday night, we saw a man with a broken nose have a crucial victory over a top contender.
Dustin Poirier won his UFC 195 match on Saturday by beating Irishman Joseph Duffy with a three round unanimous decision ruling in his favour. However, that’s not the sole reason why the fight will be remembered.
Poirier not just leaves UFC 195 as a victor, but also a man with a broken nose too and will forever be remembered as a man who didn’t allow the odds to overpower him. The Louisiana native fought through a broken nose that essentially stopped him from breathing after the first round came to an end but he still carried on with the match instead of stopping it.
“When I got off the stool for the second round I couldn’t breathe at all through my nose,” Poirier said in his post-match conference, reports Fox Sports.
“I just got back from the hospital; it’s broken in two spots. So I just did what I had to do, took him down and took advantage of that.”
“After the first round, I felt like there wasn’t that good of takedown defense from him against the fence obviously. So I went right back to it in the second round. Same thing in the third. He wasn’t really defending that well so it wasn’t a struggle to get him down, I didn’t use a lot of energy.”
Poirier has certainly welcomed the new year with a bang and from now on wants to fight with only top ranked opponents, the top-10 to be precise.
“I think there’s a lot of fights out there that make sense. My goal was to crack the top 10 last year, that didn’t happen with the fight falling out. Hopefully, I’ll be up there now and I want top-10 opponents.”
Poirier wanted to earn a ranking in 2015 but Duffy’s injury in October delayed the fight, squashing Poirier’s hopes to earn a ranking.
“It broke the record,” White confirmed.
“It’s the most watched fight we’ve ever had on Fight Pass.”