Dustin Poirier has definitely emerged as a fighter to watch in the UFC’s featherweight ranks. “The Diamond” made it three consecutive victories with an emphatic second round finish of Akira Corassani at The Ultimate Fighter: Nations finale in Quebec City. Poirier entered the contest ranked No. 6 and is bound to improve that standing after his second straight emphatic knockout win.
It was a highly entertaining contest between two competitors who nearly came to blows at yesterday’s weigh-in. The intensity carried into the Octagon, as both fighters were going for broke in the opening round. Corassani landed a big shot that temporarily stunned Poirier, but he was able to weather the storm. Poirier was able to turn the tide with some impressive strikes of his own, and had a bloodied Corassani fighting off a submission attempt as the first round came to an end.
The end of the bout came early in Round 2 when Poirier landed a huge right uppercut that broke his opponent’s nose, and he followed up with a devastating body shot. Poirier landed a few more punches until Corassani crumpled to the canvas and the fight was halted at the 42 second mark. Poirier improved to 16-3 with the victory, and now has 13 wins by either knockout or submission.
The effort from Poirier was a solid follow-up to his first round knockout of Diego Brandao at UFC 168. Poirier has expressed an interest in looking to avenge prior defeats to Cub Swanson and Chan Sung Jung, but there are other attractive matchups out there. I’d personally like to see Poirier square off against recent title challenger Ricardo Lamas in his next fight. “The Bully” is ranked No. 3.
Poirier has emerged as a prominent and exciting player in the 145-pound division. He’s taken his game to another level since his last defeat at the hands of the dangerous Swanson, and is knocking on the door of title contention.