The main event of tonight’s (September 17, 2016) UFC Hidalgo saw top-ten lightweight contenders Dustin Poirier and Michael Johnson do battle. It was an abbreviated affair.
The southpaw Johnson began by sticking and moving on the outside. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) finalist flicks kicks to the legs and body. A punch from Johnson opens a cut under the right eye of Poirier. “The Diamond” isn’t pulling the trigger much.
A Poirier punching combination is met with heavy fire from Johnson that backs Poirier off. Poirier lands a leg kick. Punching combinations fail to connect for the most part. Poirier throws a right hook, straight left, and a right uppercut, fails to connect cleanly with any of them, and is met with a flush right hook to the jaw from Johnson.
Poirier crashes to his back, and Johnson pounces. A barrage of punches follows from “The Menace”, forcing referee Dan Miragliotta to intervene. Johnson comes up giving the Johnny Manziel money sign with both hands.
After walking to his corner, Johnson walks back over to Poirier and raises his arms as he stares down at his fallen foe.
The Final Result: Michael Johnson def. Dustin Poirier by KO at 1:35 of Round 1.