UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker

UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker
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The poster for UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJune 27, 2020 (2020-06-27)
VenueUFC Apex
CityEnterprise, Nevada, United States
AttendanceNone (behind closed doors)[1]
Event chronology
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UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker (also known as UFC on ESPN 12 and UFC Vegas 4) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on June 27, 2020 at the UFC Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area, United States.[2][3]


The event was initially scheduled to take place at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.[4] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UFC president Dana White announced on April 9 that starting with UFC 249, all future events were indefinitely postponed.[5] The event would have marked the promotion's fourth visit to Austin, following UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros in February 2018.[4] On May 21, the UFC announced the cancellation of the event in Austin.[2]

A lightweight bout between former interim UFC Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker headlined the event.[6][7] The pairing was previously expected to headline an event on May 16 in San Diego, California.[8] That event was effectively cancelled on April 20, after the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) extended a moratorium on combat sports events through May 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5][9]

A women's flyweight bout between Alexa Grasso and Ji Yeon Kim was initially scheduled for this event.[10] However, the bout was rescheduled and would take place on August 29 at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Rakić.[11]

Ian Heinisch was expected to face Brendan Allen at the event. However, Heinisch pulled out of the matchup in mid-June citing injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Kyle Daukaus.[12]

A women's flyweight bout between former Invicta FC Flyweight Champion Jennifer Maia and Viviane Araújo was initially scheduled for this event.[13] However, the bout was rescheduled in mid-June and moved to UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan on August 1 after both participants faced travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[14]

A women's bantamweight bout between Aspen Ladd and former UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship challenger (also 2004 Olympic silver medalist in wrestling) Sara McMann was scheduled for the event. However, the bout was scrapped after Ladd suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw from the event, tearing both her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) in training.[15]

A catchweight bout between Sean Woodson and Kyle Nelson was scheduled for the event. However, Nelson was pulled from the event due to a visa issue and replaced by Julian Erosa.[16]

A women's flyweight bout between Miranda Maverick and Mara Romero Borella was scheduled for the event. However, Maverick was forced to pull out due to injury and the bout was scrapped.[17]

Ramiz Brahimaj was scheduled to face Takashi Sato at the event. However, Brahimaj was pulled from the fight during the week leading up to the event in an abundance of caution, after a cornerman of his tested positive for COVID-19. Promotional newcomer Jason Witt stepped in as a replacement to face Sato.[18]


Main card (ESPN)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Dustin Poirier def. Dan Hooker Decision (unanimous) (48–47, 48–47, 48–46) 5 5:00
Welterweight Mike Perry def. Mickey Gall Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Maurice Greene def. Gian Villante Submission (arm-triangle choke) 3 3:44
Middleweight Brendan Allen def. Kyle Daukaus Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Takashi Sato def. Jason Witt TKO (punches) 1 0:48
Catchweight (150 lb) Julian Erosa def. Sean Woodson Submission (D’Arce choke) 3 2:44
Preliminary card (ESPN)
Lightweight Khama Worthy def. Luis Peña Submission (guillotine choke) 3 2:53
Heavyweight Tanner Boser def. Philipe Lins KO (punches) 1 2:41
Women's Strawweight Kay Hansen def. Jinh Yu Frey Submission (armbar) 3 2:26
Featherweight Youssef Zalal def. Jordan Griffin Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00


Bonus awards

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[20]

  • Fight of the Night: Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker
  • Performance of the Night: Julian Erosa and Kay Hansen

Reported payout

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). It does not include sponsor money and also does not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses. The total disclosed payout for the event was $1,140,000.[21]

  • Dustin Poirier: $300,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus) def. Dan Hooker: $110,000
  • Mike Perry: $180,000 (includes $90,000 win bonus) def. Mickey Gall: $50,000
  • Maurice Greene: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Gian Villante: $75,000
  • Brendan Allen: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Kyle Daukaus: $12,000
  • Takashi Sato: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Jason Witt: $12,000
  • Julian Erosa: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Sean Woodson: $12,000
  • Khama Worthy: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Luis Peña: $27,000
  • Tanner Boser: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Philipe Lins: $80,000
  • Kay Hansen: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Jinh Yu Frey: $14,000
  • Youssef Zalal: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Jordan Griffin: $20,000


On August 5, it was announced that the NSAC issued a temporary suspension for Luis Peña, after he tested positive for marijuana in his pre-fight screenings.[22] On September 3, the NSAC announced that Peña was suspended four and a half months and fined 15% of his fight purse. The reduced suspension was due to his fight being taken on short notice.[23]

See also


  1. ^ Alan Dawson (2020-06-28). "Dustin Poirier's blood and guts victory on Saturday puts him in the Conor McGregor conversation even though the Irishman is 'retired'". businessinsider.in. Retrieved 2020-06-28.
  2. ^ a b Alexander K. Lee (2020-05-21). "UFC announces cancellation of Saskatoon, Austin events". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  3. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2020-06-28). "UFC Vegas 4: results". ufc.com. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  4. ^ a b Newswire (2020-03-08). "UFC announces Fight Night card for return to Austin". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  5. ^ a b Damon Martin (2020-04-09). "UFC 249, upcoming events postponed due to coronavirus pandemic, Dana White promises 'Fight Island' will proceed". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  6. ^ Mike Bohn (2020-05-23). "Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker targeted for UFC's June 27 headliner". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  7. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2020-06-12). "UFC on ESPN 12 fight card almost complete for June 27, headlined by Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  8. ^ Adam Guillen Jr. (2020-03-04). "Dustin Poirier vs Dan Hooker targeted to headline UFC Fight Night 175 in San Diego on May 16". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  9. ^ Steven Marrocco (2020-04-20). "UFC officially cancels four events due to coronavirus pandemic". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  10. ^ Farah Hannoun (2020-03-13). "Alexa Grasso moves up to flyweight, faces Ji Yeon Kim at UFC Austin". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  11. ^ Staff (2020-06-13). "Ji Yeon Kim and Alexa Grasso re-booked for the August 29 event". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2020-06-15. (in Dutch)
  12. ^ Mike Heck (2020-06-16). "Ian Heinisch out; Brendan Allen now expected to face UFC newcomer Kyle Daukaus on June 27". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  13. ^ Raphael Marinho (2020-02-27). "UFC sets fight between Brazilian flyweight Vivi Araújo and Jennifer Maia in Texas". globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved 2020-03-11. (in Portuguese)
  14. ^ Guilherme Cruz and Damon Martin (2020-06-17). "Travel restrictions move Jennifer Maia vs. Viviane Araujo to Aug. 1 UFC event". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  15. ^ Andrew Richardson (2020-06-20). "Midnight Mania! Aspen Ladd suffers major injury, forced out of Sara McMann fight". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2020-06-20.
  16. ^ Staff (2020-06-24). "Julian Erosa takes short notice against Sean Woodson next Saturday". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2020-06-24. (in Dutch)
  17. ^ Danny Segura and Nolan King (2020-06-24). "Miranda Maverick out of UFC on ESPN 12 bout with Mara Romero Borella due to injury". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  18. ^ Nolan King (2020-06-26). "Cornerman's positive COVID-19 test forces Ramiz Brahimaj out of UFC on ESPN 12, Jason Witt steps in". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  19. ^ "UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  20. ^ Dan Hiergesell (2020-06-28). "UFC on ESPN 12 bonuses! Poirier, Hooker cash out in memorable main event". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2020-06-28.
  21. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2020-06-29). "UFC on ESPN 12 salaries: Dustin Poirier leads with $300,000 payout". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  22. ^ Danny Segura (2020-08-05). "Three fighters get temporary NAC suspensions extended after positive marijuana tests". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  23. ^ Marc Raimondi (2020-09-03). "Four UFC fighters suspended, fined for positive drug tests". espn.com. Retrieved 2020-09-03.


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