Islam Makhachev bleeds, but submits Dustin Poirier in a tough fight and defends belt at UFC 302

Russo has a tough fight, but submits the North American and defends his lightweight belt for the third time; he is considering moving up to welterweight

Islam makhachev He proved once again why he is one of the most dominant fighters in the world. The Russian overcame stiff resistance from Dustin poirier, submitted the North American in the fifth round with a hand triangle and successfully defended the lightweight belt (up to 70,3kg) for the third time in the UFC 302. He declared that he wants to move up to welterweight (up to 77kg) to try to win Leon edwards and become double champion.

Lightweight champion since October 2022, Islam makhachev He has now defended his belt for the third time. The pupil of Khabib Nurmagomedov boasts an MMA record of 26 wins and just one setback.

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Former interim lightweight champion, Dustin poirier failed to win the linear title on his third attempt. The 'Diamante' has 31 fights in the company, with 22 wins, eight losses and one 'no-contest'.

Poirier gives his all, but Makhachev keeps the belt with submission 

Makhachev exchanged, landed good blows and took down Poirier just under a minute into the fight. The pressure was soon converted into an arrival in half guard. When attempting a Kimura, the champion saw the challenger make the defense, but soon transitioned to his back. However, despite pressure with a closed padlock, the American resisted.

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Islam Makhachev beats Dustin Poirier at UFC 302. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Islam makhachev wins Dustin poirier No. UFC 302. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Without exchanging blows, Islam again attacked the legs, but saw Dustin kick back and leave the position. Standing up, the North American landed good blows, thwarted the champion's takedown attempts and began to enjoy the fight. Makhachev, in turn, was also aware of the best entries for punches and, in the final stretch, applied a new takedown.

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The third round was total for the Russian. And the combo included a knee, a short-range punch and a takedown to quickly reach the back. He then transitioned to mount. However, showing resistance, the North American defended himself once again and the fight returned to the center.

The fourth round was in the center of the cate most of the time. Islam grew in performance, stayed close to the fence and, once again, Poirier left. The American even threw a strong punch that opened Makhachev's forehead.

The fight already seemed to be heading towards the final stretch, but Islam makhachev showed why he is one of the most feared of the current generation. The Russian took the takedown, took it easy and managed to apply a hand triangle that left Dustin poirier bewildered and made him give three slaps to give up.

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UFC 302 results

MAIN CARD (23 p.m. Brasília time)

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Islam makhachev finished Dustin poirier with a guillotine at 2m42s of R5 – fight for the belt – fight for the belt

Average weight (up to 83,9 kg): Sean Strickland derrotou Paulo borrachinha in the judges' split decision (50-45, 46-49, 49-46)

Welterweight (up to 77,1 kg): Kevin holland finished Michal Oleksiejczuk with an armbar at 1m34s of R1

Welterweight (up to 77,1 kg): Niko Price derrotou alex morono in the unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Welterweight (up to 77,1 kg): Randy Brown derrotou Elizeu Capoeira in the unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD (19 p.m. Brasília time)

Average weight (up to 83,9 kg): Roman Kopylov derrotou Cesar Almeida in the judges' split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Heavy weight (up to 120,2 kg): Jailton Malhadinho derrotou Alexander Romanov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2min27s of R1

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Grant dawson derrotou Joe Solecki in the unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Welterweight (up to 77,1 kg): Jake matthews derrotou Phil Rowe in the unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Welterweight (up to 77,1 kg): Bassil Hafez derrotou Mickey gall in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Bantam weight (up to 61,2 kg): Ailin Perez derrotou Joselyne Edwards in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Flyweight (up to 56,7 kg): Andre Lima derrotou Mitch Raposo in the judges' split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

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