First fight of the main card in Quebec was an action-packed affair at featherweight, as longtime fringe contender Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier polished off Akira Corassani with punches at 0:42 of round two.
Poirier started strong in the first round, establishing his southpaw jab. Later in the round, Corassani, the night’s biggest underdog at (+600), was able to rattle Poirier with punching combinations. But the American Top Team product held on and was able to turn the tide again, almost catching Corassani in a guillotine, then a “Peruvian Necktie” submission, at the end of the stanza.
A crisp uppercut to begin the second stunned Corassani, and Poirier pounced for the victory with a series of punches, leading the referee to stop the fight.
With the victory, the 25 year old Poirier set a new record for most wins in UFC featherweight division history, with eight.
Dustin Poirier defeats Akira Corassani by TKO (punches) at 0:42 of round two