UFC: Dan Hooker reveals ugly aftermath of fight with Dustin Poirier

UFC stars Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker were left with battered faces as the pair were rushed to hospital following a brutal five-round slugfest in yesterday’s main event.

The pair headlined the card at the UFC’s Apex Centre in Las Vegas and put on a thriller in front of an empty arena as both men let their hands go in a wild fight, The Sun reports.

Poirier, who was behind after the opening two rounds, came back to convince the judges he deserved a unanimous points victory.

Hooker posted a video online after his loss, sporting a heavily bruised face, and said: “Hey everyone, just back at the hotel with the lads.

“Having a feast, just got checked out of the hospital, everything is all good, just a couple of stitches on the eye.

“But hey, that’s the game the game we play no worries.

“Just a small setback and then I’ll be back.”

Quick message for the people that support me. Credit to Poirier better man on the night, no regrets, no excuses. Minor setbacks ain't a major for me. 😉 #teamhangman #rideordieonly pic.twitter.com/oS7kpcFWAf

Poirier also revealed he went to hospital, posting a picture in an ambulance with the caption: “25 minutes! Paid In Full!”

The lightweight, who lost to champion Khabib Nurmagomedov last year, now puts himself back in the title picture after his classic with Hooker.

Poirier said: “It was a tough one, Dan came to fight. He’s a tough guy. He’s on the rise. He really thought he was going to get past me. I trusted in my team, in my skill and my work ethic.

“Maybe I’ll fight at the end of the year. Maybe I’ll fight next year.

“Now that I’m a victor again, I want to get back to the drawing board. I just want to do it right and give it my all the right way.”

This article first appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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