UFC 291 referee Herb Dean accidentally 'drops Rock's People's Elbow' onto Dustin Poirier after brutal Justin Gaethje KO | The Sun

MMA fans have jokingly slammed Herb Dean for hitting Dustin Poirier with a "People's Elbow" after he was knocked out by Justin Gaethje.

Fan favourite Poirier was KO'd by a stunning head kick in the second round of the battle of former interim lightweight champions, which headlined UFC 291 in Salt Lake City.

The Diamond collapsed to the canvas after the kick wrapped around the side and back of his head.

Gaethje, 34, closed the show with a big hammerfist before ref Dean slid in and waved off the contest.

Veteran official Dean, however, accidentally landed on a fallen Poirier as he jumped in to stop Gaethje from landing more unnecessary blows.

And viewers likened it to the "People's Elbow" – the iconic finisher of WWE legend The Rock.

One watcher tweeted: "People’s Elbow by Herb Dean."

Another said: "Herb Dean hit the people's elbow on Dustin Poirier."

And another said: "Herb Dean hit Porier with the people's elbow"

One remarked: "Bro!! Herb Dean dropped the people’s elbow on Poirier."

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Justin Gaethje was overcome with emotion after knocking out Dustin PoirierCredit: GETTY

Another chimed in: "Herb Dean saw Dustin go down and decided to drop the people's elbow to make sure he stayed down."

Victory over Poirier saw Gaethje claim the vacant BMF title and put him on course for a third crack at the undisputed lightweight title.

In his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, he said: "You know what I want to do next, I want to fight for the world championship.

"These guys [Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira] are fighting in October and I want to prove I'm in the best in the world.

"Win lose or draw, maximum effort is what you're going to get out of me."

A crestfallen Poirier said: "That's fighting, that's why I love this sport. It's the theatre of the unknown. It's heartbreaking, but I keep coming back like pookie.

"It keeps calling me, I can't stop. So we'll see what happens, man. I might need another hit, I don't know.

I'm just taking it one day at a time, one minute at at time. But I'm happy.

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"We’re not at a funeral here. I’ve won. I’ve won life. Where I come from, I already won."

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