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WATCH: Islam Makhachev is going VIRAL for amazingly capitalizing on Dustin Poirier’s infamous ‘shorts pull’ at UFC 302

Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier became the only shining light of UFC 302. The lightweight title fight featured back-and-forth action all throughout the fight. Poirier’s takedown defense held better than expected. Interestingly, one takedown sequence from Makhachev has gone viral. It became viral as Makhachev drilled it as Poirier attempted his iconic ‘shorts pull.’

Fans consider Poirier’s ‘shorts pull’ or shorts adjustment and hair adjustment as iconic moves. Everybody saw Dustin Poirier readjusting his shorts and then putting up his hands high all throughout the fight, and so did Islam Makhachev. The iconic shorts adjustment became the perfect opportunity for Makhachev to grapple.

The sequence just shows how well Makahchev can re-adjust compared to other fighters. Poirier has made the shorts adjustment move in almost all his fights. Nevertheless, not one fighter has ever attempted to counter that move. It has not only captured fan attention but also gained appreciation from the MMA community.

In the end, Makhachev walked away with a submission win. The finishing sequence also highlighted the excellent fight IQ of the lightweight champion. His victory tied the all-time record for most consecutive title defenses at lightweight. One more title defense, and he cements his status as an all-time great fighter. Meanwhile, fans continue to admire Makhachev’s techniques from the UFC 302 main event.

Fans react to Islam Makhachev taking down Dustin Poirier at UFC 302

UFC 302 main event continues to gain traction on social media even five days after the conclusion of the PPV. Netizens went to the comment section to share their reactions to Islam Makhachev’s intelligent takedown to counter Poirier’s short adjustment.

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Islam Makhachev vs Dustin Poirier at UFC 302 (Image via X)

Fans praised Makhachev for scouting the tendencies of his opponent and capitalizing on it. Even former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker praised the lightweight champion for using the wrestling to good effect. Here are some of the reactions from X:

Multiple people shared their thoughts on Poirier readjusting his shorts all throughout the fight. One user wrote how he could not understand why ‘The Diamond’ did not have a comfortable pair of shorts to fight in when so much was on the line.

Meanwhile, another user wrote about how Poirier was trying to look cool and impress people, which led to his demise. As it stands, Poirier’s future remains uncertain, whereas Makhachev will likely return by the end of the year.

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