The highly anticipated rematch between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje is set to take place in the main event of UFC 291. Dubbed the Battle for the BMF (Baddest Motherf—er) Title, these two fighters are known for their non-stop action inside the Octagon. This article delves into the significance of this fight and its potential impact on the lightweight division.
In 2019, Jorge Masvidal emerged as the inaugural BMF titleholder, following his impressive victory over Nate Diaz. The belt symbolizes the fighters who bring their all to every fight, displaying relentless determination and intensity. Poirier and Gaethje, both worthy contenders, now have the opportunity to claim this prestigious title for themselves.
A Shot at the Lightweight Title
The stakes for Poirier vs. Gaethje extend beyond the BMF title. The winner of this fight will position themselves as the frontrunner for a lightweight title shot. With Islam Makhachev defending his title against Charles Oliveira at UFC 294, the victor of Poirier vs. Gaethje will be next in line for a championship opportunity. ESPN currently ranks Gaethje fourth and Poirier fifth in the world at lightweight, emphasizing their caliber as top contenders. Poirier also holds the distinction of being ranked tenth on ESPN’s pound-for-pound list.
A Rematch of Epic Proportions
Poirier and Gaethje have already locked horns once before, delivering one of the most memorable fights of 2018. In their previous encounter, Poirier secured victory with a fourth-round TKO. This rematch promises to be just as exhilarating, with both fighters eager to prove their worth and claim redemption.
The Fighter Profiles
Dustin Poirier boasts an impressive record of 29 wins, 7 losses, and 1 no-contest. Most recently, he showcased his skills with a third-round submission triumph over Michael Chandler at UFC 281. Poirier has emerged victorious in four of his last five fights, including his notable wins over Conor McGregor. His knockout prowess is unparalleled, tying him with Drew Dober for the most knockouts in UFC lightweight history.
Justin Gaethje, on the other hand, holds a record of 24 wins and 4 losses. His most recent victory came via split decision against Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286. Gaethje has amassed six wins in his last eight fights, establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with. Nicknamed “The Highlight,” Gaethje is known for his explosive fighting style, delivering the second-most significant strikes per minute in UFC lightweight history.
The Co-Main Event
In the co-main event, Jan Blachowicz, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, will face Alex Pereira, the former UFC middleweight champion. The outcome of this light heavyweight contender bout holds particular significance, given the vacant championship title in the division. With Jamahal Hill’s unfortunate Achilles injury, the clash between Blachowicz and Pereira carries tremendous weight and potential championship implications.
As Poirier and Gaethje prepare to step inside the Octagon once again, the intensity and anticipation surrounding this fight continue to build. With the BMF title and a lightweight title shot on the line, both fighters are motivated to deliver an unforgettable showdown. UFC 291 is set to be a night of action-packed fights and pivotal moments, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.