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‘The Menace’ returns, KOs Poirier

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The Menace is back and right away proved he is still one of the elite lightweight fighters in the world. Coming off back-to-back losses to Beniel Dariush and Nate Diaz, and then a shoulder injury, Johnson needed not even two minutes to take out rising contender Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Hidalgo, Texas.

Johnson’s lightning-fast hands were on display at he countered an attempt by Poirier with a right hook and then a straight left to get him down to the mat. There, Johnson jumped on Poirier and landed a flurry of shots before the referee pushed him away and called for the bell.

Poirier was undefeated since returning to lightweight with wins over Carlos Diego Ferreira, Yancy Medeiros, Joseph Duffy and Bobby Green. The Johnson fight was supposed to set up a title eliminator for ‘The Diamond’, but instead it was Johnson who roared back and put himself in great position for a big fight against a top five contender.

Brunson rocks Hall, but fight stopped too soon

Uriah Hall dropped to the canvas hard after Derek Brunson nailed him with a hard shot that was perfectly placed on the Jamaican’s chin. Brunson jumped on Hall and landed some follow up shots. Hall was turning over to get in a defensive position but referee Herb Dean called for the fight.

Clearly after the stoppage Hall stood right up and was capable of continuing, but that was a tough stop to make. The way he fell and the way he was turning over it seemed like Hall had enough and Dean wanted to prevent any unnecessary damage from being done, but at the end it was Brunson who got the big shot and earned the knockout victory.

The two immediately engaged in a bear hug, with both guys trying to gain a dominant position. Brunson continually tried to lift Hall up and slam him, but Hall dropped his anchor and remained on his feet. Then they separated and Brunson leveled Hall with a big hit to pick up the victory.

Brunson’s fought-fight knockout streak is tied with Mairbek Taisumov and heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic for the longest in history and is four-fight first round knockout streak is tied with Shane Carin for the second-longest in UFC history behind Don Frye with five.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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