UFC president Dana White not too long ago unveiled a stacked UFC 291 battle card, topped by a pivotal rematch between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje.
Historical past of the Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje UFC 291 rematch
UFC 291 will happen on July 29 in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah. The primary occasion pits No. 2 ranked light-weight Poirier in a rematch with No. 3 ranked Gaethje, the person he defeated the primary time they met.
The 2 fought a Combat of the Evening efficiency at UFC on FOX 29 in 2018. The battle was a brutal battle that went into the fourth spherical earlier than Poirier completed Gaethje through TKO stoppage.
Each males have since grow to be a UFC interim light-weight champion. Each have additionally misplaced twice, every of them dropping to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Charles Oliveira, however in any other case remaining entrenched on the high finish of the 155-pound division.
Poirier and Gaethje are fierce opponents, each extensively identified for his or her toughness and never-say-die combating types. They’re five-round bout at UFC 291 is not going to solely assist decide a challenger for the light-weight title, it can crown the winner the following BMF (Baddest Motherf**ker) Champion, now that Jorge Masvidal has retired with the excellence he claimed in a battle with Nate Diaz.
The remainder of the UFC 291 battle card can also be stacked
Although the Poirier vs. Gaethje rematch is bound to be a magnet for battle followers, the UFC 291 battle card is stacked with a number of different marquee match-ups, a number of of which may simply headline a Combat Evening occasion.
A kind of is former UFC middleweight champion Alex Pereira making his 205-pound debut reverse former UFC mild heavyweight titleholder Jan Blachowicz. It’s a major problem for Pereira as he strikes up in weight after dropping the middleweight belt to Israel Adesanya.
The hits don’t finish there, as longtime heavyweight risk Derrick Lewis seems to rebound in opposition to rising Brazilian expertise Marcos Rogério de Lima. Former welterweight title contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson faces Michel Pereira and Michael Chiesa fights Kevin Holland in two key 170-pound bouts.
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One other former UFC interim light-weight champion, Tony Ferguson, additionally seems to proper the ship at UFC 291. He’s coming off of 5 consecutive losses, fairly presumably attempting to avert a UFC exit when he faces Bobby Inexperienced in a light-weight bout.
Former middleweight risk Paulo Costa will even return at UFC 291 nearly a 12 months after his final battle, as he faces up-and-coming Russian expertise Ikram Aliskerov.