UFC 143 Results Recap: Dustin Poirier Vs. Max Holloway

Dustin Poirier submits Max Holloway at UFC 143 on Feb. 4, 2012 in Las Vegas. Photo by Esther Lin for MMA Fighting.

In the final fight on the UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit prelims on FX, Dustin Poirier defeated UFC newcomer Max Holloway. Poirier used a beautiful chain of submissions before finally locking in a mounted triangle/armbar to tap Holloway in the first round. The submission earned Porier the Submission of the Night bonus, and rightfully so. Poirier is now 12-1 overall, and a perfect 4-0 in the UFC. He seems to be closing in on a Featherweight title shot with Jose Aldo. Holloway loses for the first time in his career, dropping to 4-1.

Right from the start, this was a very exciting fight. Both men came out with aggressive stand-up, with Holloway looking particularly impressive in his willingness to take the fight to the more experienced Poirier. As Hollway began to have more success on his feet, Poirier switched to his wrestling, taking the younger fighter down. From there, Poirier controlled with those submissions, ending up with the win.

What was the high spot of this fight?

The submission sequence at the end, clearly, though the entire thing was quite good.

Where do these guys go from here?

Poirier was originally set to face Erik Koch here, and that may be a good option for his next fight depending on what Koch's timetable is on his injury. But he's also very high up the Featherweight ranks at this point. I'd love to see Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung for #1 contender status, but with Jose Aldo having no challenger set-up, I wouldn't be shocked to see Poirier get the call up right now.

Holloway may have lost, but he looked good and clearly earned himself a future in the UFC. He seems like a perfect candidate for Leonard Garcia in a fight that will let Holloway show off his striking and hopefully give him a nice win.

Watch it now, later or never?

Now. It was short, exciting, and had a thrilling finish. About as entertaining a one round fight as you'll find.

More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit in the full entry.

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