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Coconut Creek, Florida’s Dustin Poirier decisions Dan Hooker at ‘UFC Vegas 4’

Dustin Poirier, Dan Hooker (©UFC)

Dustin Poirier, Dan Hooker (©UFC)

Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, 31, of Coconut Creek, Florida, United States and Dan “The Hangman” Hooker, 30, of Auckland, New Zealand headlined “UFC on ESPN 12,” also known as “UFC Vegas 4.” It was one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship events held during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Featuring 10 MMA matches, “UFC Vegas 4” took place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on June 27, 2020. In the main event of the evening, Poirier and Hooker battled it out in the lightweight division.

Herb Dean served as the referee. After five five-minute rounds, the lightweight contest was left in the hands of the judges.

Two of the judges scored it 48-47 while one saw it 48-46. In the end, Dean raised the hand of Poirier, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “UFC Vegas 4” improved the professional MMA record of Poirier to 26 wins, 6 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. It was a redemptive win for the French-American MMA fighter and philanthropist.

Poirier was coming out of a loss to the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 31, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia. The Russian champ took to Twitter to congratulate the Coconut Creek native.

 

On the other hand, Hooker now has 20 wins and 9 losses. Poirier was the fifth MMA fighter to defeat the Kiwi MMA fighter in the UFC.

Including the U.S., five countries were represented at “UFC Vegas 4.” The others were Brazil, Canada, Japan and New Zealand.

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Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA on January 19, 1989, Poirier is of French descent of Cajun heritage. He made his professional MMA debut in 2009 and his UFC debut in 2011.

Before facing Hooker, Poirier defeated 14 UFC opponents namely Josh Grispi, Jason Young, Pablo Garza, Max Holloway, Erik Koch, Diego Brandao, Carlos Diego Ferreira, Yancy Medeiros, Joseph Duffy, Bobby Green, Jim Miller, Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez. Holloway lost to Poirier twice.

Poirier is a former interim UFC Lightweight Champion. He and his wife Jolie Poirier are the founders of The Good Fight Foundation.

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