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Outside of a 170-pound Nate Diaz and a reserved Max Holloway, nobody has withstood the power of current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight king Conor McGregor inside of the Octagon. That includes No. 9 ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier, who made a jump to 155 pounds after losing to “Notorious” at UFC 178 via first-round knockout.

According to Poirier, who takes on Michael Johnson later tonight (Sat., Sept. 17, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 94 live on FOX Sports 1 from State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, McGregor is the hardest puncher he has ever faced. That’s quite the compliment, especially considering “The Diamond” has faced notable strikers like Chan Sung Jung, Bobby Green, Diego Brandao, Yancy Medeiros and Holloway.

“For sure man,” said Poirier in a recent interview with Matt Serra when asked if he considers McGregor a heavy hitter (h/t “I have 33 fights, and I gotta say, unless it was just the spot but, the track record speaks for itself, he’s the champ right now. He’s the hardest hands I’ve ever felt.”

Despite the knockout blow that sent Poirier packing and straight to the lightweight division, the 27-year-old finisher believes that loss made him into the better fighter he is today.

“In that Conor fight, I learned a lot,” added Poirier. “I learned a lot about myself and about the fight game through that experience. I can’t blame it on the weight or the talk, he just hit me with a good shot and I tried to circle and I planted my feet and he hit me with another good shot and I went down.”

If Poirier can continue his quick ascension up the 155-pound ladder, he may one day find himself across the cage from McGregor again. Poirier will have to defeat Johnson tonight at UFC Fight Night 94 to further pad his resume, but his reinvention at the lightweight level has been spectacular to say the least.

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AXS TV broadcasters Michael Schiavello and Pat Miletich have watched countless fights over the years, yet Friday’s RFA 43 event found a way to leave even them dumbfounded.

During the midway point of the broadcast, which aired on AXS TV from 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo., a fight ended in controversial fashion, and – according to a flabbergasted Schiavello – resulted in “one of the largest robberies I’ve ever seen in mixed martial arts.”

Hard-hitting bantamweight prospect Boston Salmon (5-1) battered Colorado fighter Zac Riley (5-3) fairly thoroughly over the three-round bout. In fact, the cageside commentators had it 30-26 for Salmon. Yet, the judges inexplicably gave a split decision to Riley via 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28 scores.

As you can hear in the above highlights, Schiavello was as irate after the event as he initially was at the bout’s conclusion (via Twitter):

Elsewhere on the card, Brian Camozzi (7-2) claimed the organization’s vacant welterweight belt with a 100-second win over Nick Barnes (11-2), featherweight Cory Sandhagen (3-0) earned a shutout decision victory over Clay Wimer (3-0), and in the main-card opener, 21-year-old light heavyweight Alonzo Menifield (2-0) scored a dazzling second-round knockout of Brock Combs (2-2).

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