UFC 302: ‘Makhachev vs. Poirier’ Live Results and Highlights

By Chris Taylor - June 1, 2024

The Octagon returns to New Jersey for tonight’s UFC 302 event, a twelve-bout fight card headlined by Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier.

UFC 302, Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier

Makhachev (25-1 MMA) will be returning to action for the first time since scoring a nasty knockout win over Alexander Volkanovski at October’s UFC 294 event in Abu Dhabi. The victory marked the Dagestani’s thirteenth in a row and second defense of the lightweight title.

Meanwhile, Dustin Poirier (30-8 MMA) was last seen in action at March’s UFC 299 event, where he scored a sensational second-round knockout victory over Benoit Saint-Denis. That win was of course preceded by a knockout loss to Justin Gaethje in a fight for the BMF title at UFC 291.

UFC 302 is co-headlined by a key middleweight bout between Sean Strickland and Paulo Costa.

Sean Strickland and Paulo Costa

Strickland (28-6 MMA) will enter the contest looking to rebound, this after suffering a split decision loss to Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297 to surrender the promotion‘s middleweight title. Prior to that setback, ‘Tarzan’ was on a three-fight winning streak which included a lopsided decision win over Israel Adesanya.

Meanwhile, Paulo Costa (14-3 MMA) was last seen in action at UFC 298, where he dropped a decision to former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. Prior to that, the Brazilian knockout artist was coming off a win over Luke Rockhold at UFC 278.

Get all of tonight’s live results and highlights below (refresh for updates):

UFC 302 Main Card (ESPN+ PPV, 10 p.m. ET)

Islam Makhachev (155) (c) vs. Dustin Poirier (155) – Makhachev def. Poirier via submission (d’arce choke) in Round 5


Sean Strickland (185) vs. Paulo Costa (185) – Strickland def. Costa by split decision (46-49, 50-45, 49-46)

Kevin Holland (185) vs. Michał Oleksiejczuk (185) – Holland def. Oleksiejczuk via technical submission (armbar) at 1:34 of Round 1

Niko Price (170) vs. Alex Morono (170) – Price def. Morono by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Randy Brown (170) vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (170) – Brown def. dos Santos by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

UFC 302 Prelims (ESPN2/ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)

Roman Kopylov (185) vs. César Almeida (185) – Kopylov def. Almeida by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Jailton Almeida (241) vs. Alexandr Romanov (265) – Almeida def. Romanov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:27 of Round 1


Grant Dawson (155) vs. Joe Solecki (155) – Dawson def. Solecki by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Phil Rowe (171) vs. Jake Matthews (170) – Matthews def. Rowe by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

UFC 302 Early Prelims (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

Mickey Gall (170) vs. Bassil Hafez (170) – Hafez def. Gall by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Ailin Perez (135) vs. Joselyne Edwards (136) – Perez def. Edwards by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

André Lima (130)* vs. Mitch Raposo (125) – Lima def. Raposo by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Who are you picking to win tonight’s UFC 302 main event between Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier?