Dec 15, 2012 10:04 PM by Matt Erickson
LAS VEGAS - It was a bit of poetic justice for Dustin Poirier.
Seven months after being stopped with his favorite choke by Chan Sung Jung and seeing his featherweight title hopes get backburnered for the time being, Poirier got back in the win column - forcing "TUF 12" winner Jonathan Brookins to tap to a D'Arce choke in the first round.
The featherweight bout opened up the main card of The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale event at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It aired on FX following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Brookins landed an early body shot, and Poirier fired back. But it was Brookins who was landing more often - and landing at a fevered pace. Poirier was left holding on, trying to regain his composure so he could restart.
But once they did, it was Brookins again landing a right hand before they reset in the middle. Midway through, Poirier landed a good right hand, but Brookins answered back and pushed Poireir to the cage. After a brief stalemate there, they again started measuring bombs against each other - with Poirier appearing to regain his composure before dropping Brookins with a right hand.
Up against the fence, Poirier landed a few more power shots. As Brookins got defensive and dropped to the floor for a takedown, Poirier landed his favorite submission.
"The Diamond" locked on a D'Arce choke - the same submission he lost with in May - and fairly quickly forced a tap from Brookins. The end came 4:15 into the first round.
"We only have 15 minutes to get it done, so I'm not trying to waste any time," said Poirier, who recently moved his training home to American Top Team in Florida. "It's been seven months since I fought 'The Korean Zombie' and I wanted to make a statement here. He hurt me early on against the fence, and luckily I clipped his chin and made him back up a little bit.
"It's redemption, but something even cooler than that is I tried out for 'The Ultimate Fighter' the season that Jonathan Brookins won. So this was my Ultimate Fighter Finale."
Poirier (13-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is back on the good side after a May loss to Chan Sung Jung and improves to 5-1 in the UFC. Brookins (13-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) now has dropped two and a row and three of his past four since winning Season 12 of "The Ultimate Fighter."