UFC 302 — Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier: Results, Highlights, Fight Card, Winners, Complete Guide

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After UFC 302, the champion was still in charge. His own lightweight title. Makhachev extended his winning streak to 14 fights in the fifth round with a seemingly sudden Dalce choke.

Poirier put in a heroic effort in defeat. The Louisiana native came up short in his third attempt at the title, but had arguably his best performance in the title race to date. Poirier managed to keep Makhachev away from him for long stretches of the fight and fought him in a close fashion. Despite receiving counterattacks in the first round, Poirier remained calm and defended well. He couldn't come up with a defense for the final choke when Makhachev came in and left him out in the cold.

Poirier continued to tease retirement after the fight, as he had all week, noting that this might be the last time we see him in the Octagon. “The Diamond” will forever be immortalized as one of the best boxers in promotional history, but he never won the undisputed gold medal.

Elsewhere on the card, Sean Strickland defeated Paulo Costa in the co-main event to stay in contention for the title. Strickland controlled the entire game, and the difference in split decision-making was a bit misleading. The former champion did not immediately call for a rematch with Dericus du Plessis following his loss in January, leading to a call for a title shot next. Plus, Kevin Holland is back in the path of Kevin Holland, the veteran taking out Michal Oleksiejczuk with an armbar Submitted, seemingly breaking the opponent's arm.

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UFC 302 fight card, odds

  • Islam Makhachev (c) def. Dustin Poirier submits in the fifth round (d'arce choke)
  • Sean Strickland Def. Paulo Costa Decision-making through division (46-49, 50-45, 49-46)
  • Kevin Holland Def. Michal Oleksiczuk Via first round submission (armbar)
  • Niko Price Alex Morono unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Randy Brown defended Elizeu Zaleski by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Roman Kopylov vs. Cesar Almeida split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Jardon Almeida Def. Alexandr Romanov submitted in the first round (rear naked choke)
  • Grant Dawson def. Joe Solecki unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jake Matthews def. Phil Rowe via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Bashir Hafez def. Mickey Gall unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Erin Perez def. Jocelyn Edwards unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Andre Lima def. Mitch Raposo via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

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