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New FSM Essential Recap: UFC 291 – Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje 2


UFC 291 kicks it out of the park after a successful night in Salt Lake City!

UFC 291 – Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje 2 Saturday night in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Saturday night in Salt Lake City, UFC 291 provided a little bit of everything to put on one of the best fight nights in 2023.

Derrek Lewis dropped his pants in the octagon after successfully landing a flying knee to get a first-round victory. Kevin Holland submitted Michael Chiesa in a rebound fight at welterweight. We sadly watched the sixth-straight defeat of Tony Ferguson.

And the light heavyweight division earned a new contender after Alex “Poatan” Pereira won the split decision victory over Yan Blachowicz.

The entire event at the Delta Center was non-stop action and entertainment, but it all fell in comparison to the main event of the evening. With the BMF title on the line, Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier faced Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje in a rematch to find out who is the baddest man on the planet.

UFC 291 – Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje 2 more than lived up to the billing!

Gaethje lands the second biggest headkick in Salt Lake City to claim the BMF title

UFC 291 – Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje 2 was for the BMF title

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It didn’t take long on Saturday night for the baddest man on the planet to secure the victory and the BMF title.

After just two rounds, Justin Gaethje (25-4-0) secured the victory in his rematch with Dustin Poirier (29-8-0) and became the second BMF champion in the belt’s history. For a fight that was expected to shock us with an all-out violent war, the second fight between “The Highlight” and “The Diamond” shocked us by being swift, and yet still just as entertaining as their first bout.

The fight started out with both men pushing the pace early with heavy leg kicks coming out the gate. Gaethje was the first to throw his hands as he attempted to land a big combo. Poirier managed to avoid the strikes and claimed the center of the octagon as he began attempting to close the distance. As Poirier attempted to close off space and force his opponent against the cage, Gaethje continued throwing combos and landing big hook shots to keep his space.

As the first round dwindled to the final minutes, Poirier pushed the pace even harder as he began looking for his shots. After a clean combination of shots, “The Diamond” landed a stiff right hook that left a cut under the right eye of Gaethje. This ignited a back-and-forth between the two men as both Gaethje and Poirier exchanged violent hook shots to close out the first round.

After watching the first round, it seemed the rematch between Gaethje and Poirier was on its way to giving us another close fight that would stretch into the championship rounds. But Saturday night was a big UFC event in Salt Lake City, and as we saw with Leon Edwards vs Kamaru Usman at UFC 278, the main event can only end one way.


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At the beginning of the second round, Poirier continued claiming space in the octagon and forcing Gaethje against the fence. Just as he did in the first round, Gaethje jumped forward and threw multiple strikes in order to regain the space between him and Poirier.

As dangerous as Gaethje is as a fighter, it seemed Poirier was determined to close off his space and force him to get into a slugfest up against the cage. This was a good plan up until a minute into the second round.

As Poirier pushed forward, Gaethje threw a right jab that forced Poirier to react and shift to his left to avoid the strike. Gaethje then followed up the faint right with a fast head kick, the same move Leon Edwards used to dethrone Kamaru Usman a year ago in the same building. And just like Edwards, Gaethje landed the surprise kick and instantly ended the fight as referee Herb Dean rushed to call the fight to a stop, giving Gaethje the victory and making him the second BMF champion in the history of the UFC.

In the aftermath of the two-round main event, the BMF title was brought out and wrapped around Gaethje by the first BMF champion, Jorge Masvidal. Gaethje stated that due to the fact, Masvidal was a longtime training partner and friend of Poirier, it was satisfying to have him be the one to give him the tile after his victory. Gaethje also stated his plans to continue his final run for the lightweight title, as the new BMF champ is likely to face the winner between the current 155-pound champion, Islam Makhachev, and Charles Oliveira at UFC 294 later this year.

UFC 291 – Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje 2’s fight card was one the best in UFC history.

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