Jonathan Brookins (13-5-0) vs. Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (12-2-0)
People had very high expectations for Jonathan Brooking when he won his season of the Ultimate Fighter, but he unfortunately has not lived up to those expectations as of yet. He has went 2-2 in the octagon, and only 1-2 since dropping to 145. While he did look superb in his knockout win over Vagner Rocha. Charles Olivera took out Brookins in his next bout by the oft seen anaconda choke.
Poirier was one fight away from being the top contender in the UFC featherweight division, but The Korean Zombie had other plans. Although he did well in the fight, his cardio failed by the fourth round, which was the end of the night as Chang Sung Jung caught Poirier in a Darce choke. That ended a five fight win streak for Poirier that began before he even dropped to 145. Poirier has added a great submission arsenal to his ground game having finished bouts with a mounted triangle and his own darce submission in that five fight span.
In this bout Poirier will use the same game plan he always does. He will be looking to take the fight to the ground. He may be hesitant considering Brookins has eight wins by way of submission. If the fight stays standing Brookins will have the advantage with his height and reach. The problem is that Brookins never seems to progress much between fights. He has been a decent fighter for a long time, but he has not reached a level that moves beyond that. This fight will show if Poirier progresses after his last loss. At age 23, he has a lot more time to show his full potential.
The Bottom Line:
Poirier takes this fight by scoring a unanimous decision win, using his superior ground and pound over three rounds.