Michael Johnson KOs Poirier at UFC Fight Night

Michael Johnson triumphed in the main event at UFC Fight Night 94 in Hidalgo, Texas, with a stunning first-round KO of Dustin Poirier.

Lightweight Johnson, who lost via a unanimous decision to Nate Diaz in his last appearance in the octagon nine months ago, made amends for that disappointment with a brutal display of punching against Poirier.

Johnson’s lightning-fast hands enabled him to steal a march on Poirier early on, before landing a stunning right-left combo that sent Poirier to the canvas.

He then dived in to finish off his opponent. The fight lasted just 1 minute and 35 seconds.

Johnson was expected to face a tough task with Poirier having won all four of his fights since moving back to lightweight from featherweight, but that did not happen.

Poirier, 27, had won three of those fights by knockout or TKO, although Johnson had expressed doubt about his opponents.

The co-main event was also a brief affair as middleweight Derek Brunson felled Uriah Hall with a huge left hook after some initial grappling.

Brunson went in for the kill and the referee stopped the fight to give Brunson victory via TKO after just 1:41 seconds, much to the disgust of Hall, who seemed fit to keep going.

In the earlier action Brazilian Roan Carneiro, who had lost on a TKO to Brunson at UFC Fight Night 83 in February, beat Kenny Robertson via a split decision 28-29, 30-27, 29-28.