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Gaethje relied on his chin to carry him through the earlier parts of the fight as he attacked Poirier relentlessly with leg kicks that left Poirier limping back to his corner.

Poirier's run in the 155lb division has seen him really hit his stride in recent times and with this latest win, he could very well find himself well within the title-discussion, especially when you consider the uncertainty over the future of the former-champ Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson's ongoing battle with injury. "I've been close to the mountain top, I've been knocked down and I've climbed back over and over again in two different weight classes", Poirier said.

The insane action continued into Round 3 when a counter right hand staggered Poirier against the fence. The decision turned out to be a smart one as Poirier quickly rocked Gaethje to open Round 4 with a stiff counter left hand.

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But in the end, he picked up arguably his biggest win in the octagon by fighting through the pain into the fourth round where he rocked Gaethje with a big shot and followed with a precise fight-ending combination that forced Herb Dean to call it off. Poirier gets defensive and he swings away at an approaching Gaethje, Gaethje gets Poirier against the cage wall while landing knee strikes. Dean jumped in at 33 seconds after Gaethje collapsed to the ground.

While it gets sorted, Poirier could potentially rematch former champ Eddie Alvarez, whom he nearly defeated at UFC 211 past year before an illegal knee led to a questionable no contest from Herb Dean.

"He's one of the guys we were thinking about calling last week to take the fight [against Khabib] but I didn't want to screw up this event and thank god I didn't".

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The performances of both fighters earned the instant praise on social media from Nurmagomedov, who captured the title last Saturday by defeating Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 after an idle McGregor was finally stripped of his title.

"Absolutely", UFC president Dana White said about Poirier being a contender to face Nurmagomedov next.

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