Islam Makhachev ensured that Dustin Poirier's record as the greatest UFC fighter to never hold an undisputed title stood on Saturday night at UFC 302

In front of an audience that fervently wanted to see Poirier realize his dream, Makhachev faced a tough opponent who did everything in his power to depose the UFC's top pound-for-pound fighter.

Makhachev (26-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC) would be more than happy to play the antagonist and dash hopes for this evening.

Poirier held off numerous takedown attempts for four and a half rounds, eluded submissions

Makhachev finally trapped Poirier in a scramble and used a stunning ankle pick to snag a d'arce choke and force the tap out.

He performed admirably," a weary Makhachev remarked. "He defended my takedown and gave me a hard time.