Makhachev Submits Poirier in Gruelling Title Fight

The Fight Recap

Islam Makhachev retained his lightweight title by submitting Dustin Poirier in the fifth round at UFC 302 in New Jersey.

The Submission

Makhachev's elite grappling proved decisive as he secured a d'arce choke, forcing Poirier to submit.

Poirier's Reflection

Poirier hinted at retirement, reflecting on his illustrious career and love for his family

The Build-Up

Both fighters were confident during their walkouts, with Poirier singing and Makhachev flanked by Khabib Nurmagomedov

The Battle

The fight saw both men sporting bloodied faces as they showcased their striking and grappling skills

The Decision

Makhachev's strategic mix of striking, clinching, and takedown attempts led to the final submission

Post-Fight Respect

After the victory, Makhachev and Poirier embraced in a poignant show of respect.

Makhachev's Ambition

Makhachev expressed his ambition to move up to welterweight and become a two-division champion.

Poirier's Tribute

Poirier paid tribute to his family, contemplating his future in the sport.

Co-Main Event

Sean Strickland defeated Paulo Costa by split decision in the co-main event

Future Fights

Strickland called for a title fight against Dricus du Plessis, who may face Israel Adesanya next.