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Shakur Stevenson Breaks Down Felix Caraballo, Stops Him In Six

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WBO featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson made a successful 130 pound debut against Felix Caraballo, working him down to a sixth round stoppage victory in a non title fight at the MGM Grand Conference Center on Tuesday night.

Stevenson toyed with his opponent, breaking him down with every shot before, eventually ending the fight with a big body shot in the sixth round. The shot sent Caraballo to his knees and his gloves on the canvas and while stuck there because of the pains, the referee Tony Weeks was forced to end the fight at exactly 1:31 of the sixth.

With the win, the 2016 silver medallist Stevenson retained his unbeaten record and improved to (14-0, 8KOs). Stevenson was placed a 100-1 favourite, heading into the fight and he proved right the bookmarkers by winning all the five rounds (50-44, 50-44, 50-43) before the stoppage, dropping Caraballo (13-2-2, 9 KOs) twice in the first round…

UFC On ESPN 12 Results - Dustin Poirier Edges Dan Hooker In Bloody Battle

UFC On ESPN 12 Results - Dustin Poirier Edges Dan Hooker In Bloody Battle

Dustin Poirier Defeats Dan Hooker UFC On ESPN 12

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Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker engaged  in a bloody and reckless battle that ended up "Fight Of The Night" and could be considered a contender for "Fight If The Year" on Saturday night at the Apex Center in Las Vegas.

Both fighter got bruised and bloodied after abandonment of anything personal, aggressive exchanging damaging blows and shots at one another for the best of 25 minutes which saw Poirier, the fresher of the fighters in the last round emerge winner with a very thin margin on the judge's score cards.

The former interim champion Poirier (26-6 MMA, 18-5 UFC), finished strong and looked stronger in the final round, which seem to have been the difference in the fight, earning him a 48-47, 48-47, and 48-46 score on the judge's score cards. His sixth win in his last seven outings.
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Both Poirier and Hooker made clear their intentions early in the first round landing leg kicks and punches to the body, early in the first round but Hooker (20-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC) was the better fighter in the first landing punches to the head and kicks to the body.

The second round could be considered one of the best rounds in UFC history with both fighters giving up everything in their tanks. Poirier went ballistic with his switch combinations of Elbows and Blows , while Hooker, fighting behind his Jab constantly found home for them.

Hooker seemed to have had the edge after the first two rounds but that was just te beginning for Poirier, who after using his best of combinations, which could end fights against less prepared opponents or low level figgters, quickly switch to his ground game, taking hooker by surprise, constantly seeking for submission after submission, even when his back was on the ground.

Poirier seemed more determined to win his eight appearance in the UFC, controlling the final five minutes of the fight and landing punches until the final horn was heard. Speaking after the fight, Poirier gave his team credits for the win, which was his seventh career decision victory.

“I trusted in my team and my skill and I pulled another one out,” said Poirier, who competed for the first time since losing to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in September 2019. “I feel like I had another few rounds in me.”
Hooker just saw his three fight winning streak get snapped by Poirier, who was fighting for the first time since losing his title attempt against Khabib Nurmagomedov in his last outing.

The lightweight battle between Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker was the main event of UFC On ESPN 12 which took place at the Apex Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was broadcasted Live on ESPN/ESPN+.

Dustin Poirier Vs Dan Hooker

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