Lightweights - Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Johnshon
Result: Johnson wins by KO Round 1
Moving up to lightweight seems to have worked out nicely for former featherweight contender Dustin Poirier (20-4, 10 KOs, 6 SUBs). After losing a high-profile fight to 145-pound titleholder Conor McGregor, “The Diamond” has since reeled off four straight wins since returning to 155 pounds.
After two easy fights against mid-tier opponents in Carlos Diego Ferreira and Yancy Medeiros, Poirier was highly impressive in dismantling Joe Duffy -- one of the division’s top prospects -- at UFC 195. Most recently, he took out former top-10 fighter Bobby Green with a first-round KO.
Now, he’ll face off against a dangerous Michael Johnson, who a fellow top-10 fighter with dangerous speed, athleticism and power. Poirier possesses plenty of physical gifts of his own, as well as an uncanny ability to produce exciting fights. His sensational bout with The Korean Zombie was the 2014 Fight of the Year for many media outlets.
The rest of the card is typical of a Fight Night card, with a few ranked fighters, barnburners and prospects. Let’s take a look at what to expect.
Middleweights - Derek Brunson vs. Uriah Hall
Result: Brunson wins by TKO Round 1
Hall will always be the guy that can pull off crazy, Matrix-style flash knockouts. His spinning heel kick on The Ultimate Fighter is easily the most amazing highlight we’ve seen in 20+ seasons of the show. And the spinning jump kick KO to Gegard Mousasi’s face is an early favorite for contender of the year.
But for all his potential, Hall is one of the most frustratingly inconsistent fighters at middleweight. His opponent, Derek Brunson, is the exact opposite. Though Brunson has plenty of power, he’s not a flashy guy by any means. And with four straight wins, he’s finding a rhythm inside the octagon. A win over a commodity like Hall put him in contention for a top-12 guy.
Lightweights - Evan Dunham vs. Abel Trujillo
Result: Dunham wins by UD 30-27,30-27,30-27
Two lightweights on three-fight winning streaks meet for the chance to climb up the crowded lightweight ladder a rung or two. Dunham is a workhorse who loves to grind his opponents down till they’ve got no more fight left. He’s had his ups and downs in the UFC, fighting for the promotion since 2009.
Trujillo is an interesting case. “Killa” is 6-2-1 inside the octagon, and those losses came against Khabib Nurmagomedov, the No. 1 contender, and Tony Ferguson, a top-5 lightweight on the cusp of a title shot. Trujillo is obviously a talent, but he’s taking the long road to contendership. Dunham is a quality opponent that could net him another crack at ranked fighter.
Best of the Rest
Alejandro Perez vs. Albert Morales
Result: Fight ends in a draw
Roan Carneiro vs. Kenny Robertson
Result: Cameiro wins by SD
Albert Morales steps in for an injured Manny Gamburyan to face prospect Alejandro Perez. Winner of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, Perez has 3-1 thus far in the octagon. Morales will be making his UFC debut, and is undefeated thus far as a pro fighter. His 6-0 record includes wins in Bellator, WSOF and RFA.
After getting cut from the UFC, Roan Carneiro fought his way back to the big show and scored a technical submission win over Mark Munoz in his return. He was unable to build on that win and was knocked out by Derek Brunson in his last bout. Kenny Robertson had a three-fight winning streak snapped in his most recent bout, and will look to push his octagon record above .500 (4-4) with a win.
Dustin Poirier’s second stint in the lightweight division has worked out nicely. Since losing to Conor McGregor in one round at UFC 178, Poirier has returned to 155 and racked up four straight wins. And his last two came against highly regarded opponents in Joe Duffy and Bobby Green. Now, he faces No. 10 ranked Michael Johnson in attempt to establish himself as a lightweight contender. Continue...Bet Fight Night 94 at BookMaker and receive a 100% bonus on your first deposit.