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UFC 291 | Pro fighters make their picks for Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje 2 BMF title fight

Cole Shelton - July 26, 2023

In the main event of UFC 291, the vacant BMF title is up for grabs as Dustin Poirier takes on Justin Gaethje in a highly-anticipated rematch. Heading into the scrap, Poirier is a -162 favorite while ‘The Highlight’ is a +126 underdog on FanDuel. Ahead of the fight, BJPENN.com reached out to several pro fighters to get their predictions for the scrap. The pros are nearly unanimous in thinking Poirier will get the win in a rematch but most, to no surprise, are expecting it to be a potential Fight of the Year contender.

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Brendan Schaub details the “significant advantage” Dustin Poirier has over Justin Gaethje at UFC 291

Harry Kettle - July 26, 2023

MMA analyst and former fighter Brendan Schaub has explained the advantage he believes Dustin Poirier holds over Justin Gaethje. This Saturday night at UFC 291, the BMF title is on the line. In the main event of the evening, Dustin Poirier will battle Justin Gaethje for the second time. The two men will go to war at lightweight, with the hope being that we see another absolute classic unfold in Salt Lake City.

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Justin Gaethje knows "for a fact" Islam Makhachev is not as good as Khabib Nurmagomedov and hopes he can "prove that"

Cole Shelton - July 24, 2023

Justin Gaethje wants the chance to prove Islam Makhachev is not as good as Khabib Nurmagomedov. Gaethje fought Nurmagomedov back at UFC 254 in October 2020 and it was Nurmagomedov winning by second-round submission. After the win, Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from MMA which did catch many by surprise.

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Justin Gaethje

Justin Gaethje says UFC 291 fight against Dustin Poirier will be a "car crash for the ages"

Cole Shelton - July 24, 2023

Justin Gaethje has some violent expectations for his BMF title fight against Dustin Poirier. Gaethje and Poirier are set to have their rematch in the main event of UFC 291 on Saturday in a highly-anticipated fight. The two fought back in April of 2018 where it was Poirier who won by fourth-round TKO in the best fight of 2018 and one of the best scraps of recent memory.

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Jorge Masvidal reacts after the UFC books Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje for the vacant BMF title

Susan Cox - July 6, 2023

Jorge Masvidal is reacting after the UFC booked Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje for the vacant BMF title. Dana White and the UFC have made it official, the return of the ceremonial BMF title will take place at UFC 291 on Saturday, July 29th at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Damir Ismagulov eyes future clash with former UFC interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje: “I'll play with him like a little kitten”

Harry Kettle - June 29, 2023

Damir Ismagulov is interested in the idea of fighting fellow lightweight Justin Gaethje at some point in the future. Right now, the UFC’s lightweight division is still one of the most stacked in all of mixed martial arts. Islam Makhachev is the champion, but there are still many contenders out there – as well as a few big featherweights threatening to move up.

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Nate Diaz scoffs at the idea of Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje fighting for the BMF title: “I don't feel they fit the criteria”

Harry Kettle - June 13, 2023

Nate Diaz has laughed off the idea of Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje competing for the BMF championship. When the BMF title was first created, it happened as a result of the feud between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal. Dana White needed a pay-per-view main event, and he got one. Diaz ultimately wasn’t able to overcome Masvidal, but it was certainly a memorable night of entertainment.

Charles Oliveira
Charles Oliveira

Charles Oliveira reacts to possibility of being leapfrogged by the winner of Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje 2: "I'm next"

Lewis Simpson - June 8, 2023

Charles Oliveira believes a win over Beneil Dariush will be enough to secure a second fight with Islam Makhachev. Last October in Abu Dhabi at UFC 280, Oliveira failed to regain the lightweight championship. Still, this weekend he will get the opportunity to right the wrong if he successfully gets past No. 4 ranked lightweight Dariush.

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Justin Gaethje

Justin Gaethje believes a win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 291 earns him a lightweight title shot

Cole Shelton - June 2, 2023

Justin Gaethje expects to fight for UFC gold again should he gets past Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 291. Gaethje and Poirier are set to rematch for the vacant BMF belt in a pivotal scrap for the lightweight division. Currently, Islam Makhachev doesn’t have his next fight booked – although should Beneil Darisuh beat Charles Oliveira at UFC 289 next Saturday, he seems likely to get that fight.

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Justin Gaethje

Justin Gaethje says UFC 291 fight against Dustin Poirier will be "25 minutes of hell"

Cole Shelton - June 1, 2023

Justin Gaethje knows his UFC 291 fight against Dustin Poirier for the BMF belt won’t be easy. Gaethje and Poirier are set to rematch in the main event of UFC 291 and although ‘The Highlight’ lost the first time around by fourth-round stoppage, he says he won’t be watching the first fight. ‘The Highlight‘ believes both he and ‘The Diamond’ have evolved as fighters since that first encounter five years ago and thus watching the old tape won’t do him any favors. However, he’s still preparing for an all-out war on July 29, as he knows their rematch will be a dog fight.

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Dustin Poirier confident he'll finish Justin Gaethje at UFC 291 to win BMF belt: "I'm going to be brilliant"

Cole Shelton - June 1, 2023

Dustin Poirier believes he will finish Justin Gaethje again at UFC 291. Poirier and Gaethje fought back in 2018 in arguably the best fight of the year with ‘The Diamond’ winning by fourth-round TKO. Ever since they fought, many fans have clamored for a rematch and the two will now meet again in the main event of UFC 291 on July 29 in Salt Lake City, Utah for the BMF belt.

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Justin Gaethje shares surprisingly high praise for former UFC champion Conor McGregor: “He’s an amazing fighter”

Harry Kettle - May 31, 2023

Justin Gaethje has given some surprising praise to Conor McGregor for what he’s been able to achieve in the sport of mixed martial arts. Later this summer, Justin Gaethje will return to the Octagon to take on Dustin Poirier. Conor McGregor, on the other hand, is expected to battle Michael Chandler in Q3 or Q4 of this year. The Irishman has been out of the cage for two years after suffering a nasty injury against, ironically, Dustin Poirier.

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Justin Gaethje calls BMF belt "stupid" but explains why he's excited for rematch against Dustin Poirier at UFC 291

Cole Shelton - May 29, 2023

Justin Gaethje thought the BMF belt was stupid when the UFC first introduced it for Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz. After Diaz beat Anthony Pettis he called out Masvidal so he could defend his ‘Baddest Mother F****r’ belt which the UFC ended up actually making. However, it was considered a one-off and after Mavidal won, the belt was never defended.

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Dustin Poirier anticipates a war with Justin Gaethje at UFC 291: “If this fight doesn’t get you excited, you’re not a fan”

Josh Evanoff - May 22, 2023

UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier is expecting another war with Justin Gaethje. ‘The Diamond’ is slated to face ‘The Highlight’ in the main event of UFC 291 in July. Furthermore, the two will battle for the promotion’s ceremonial ‘BMF’ championship. The title was last put on the line in 2019 when Jorge Masvidal defeated Nate Diaz at UFC 244 to claim the gold.

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Daniel Cormier reacts to newly announced BMF title fight between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje: "Now it means something"

Chris Taylor - May 20, 2023

UFC commentator Daniel Cormier has shared his thoughts on the newly announced BMF title fight between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje. Earlier this week, Dana White announced that Poirier and Gaethje will collide for a second time in the headliner of UFC 291 on Saturday, July 29, in Salt Lake City with the promotion’s BMF title up for grabs.

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Dustin Poirier opens as a slight betting favorite against Justin Gaethje for BMF belt at UFC 291

Cole Shelton - May 18, 2023

Dustin Poirier opened as the betting favorite ahead of his UFC 291 BMF title fight against Justin Gaethje. On Tuesday, UFC president Dana White announced that Poirier and Gaethje will headline UFC 291 in Salt Lake City, Utah for the BMF title. The fight will go down on July 29 in a fight that fans have wanted ever since they fought back in 2018, where Poirier won by fourth-round TKO.

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Justin Gaethje

Justin Gaethje says Dustin Poirier “said no” to coaching a season of The Ultimate Fighter: “$80k to go f**king six weeks away from my family? No thanks.”

Susan Cox - May 1, 2023

Justin Gaethje says Dustin Poirier ‘said no’ to coaching a season of The Ultimate Fighter. Gaethje (24-4 MMA) and Poirier (29-7 MMA) have a history together. They fought back in 2018 where it was ‘The Highlight’ who went down to defeat by way to TKO courtesy of ‘The Diamond’.

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Justin Gaethje reveals when he plans to retire from MMA: "Ultimately it is the backend of my career in this sport"

Josh Evanoff - April 5, 2023

Former UFC interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje only has a few more years left in him. ‘The Highlight’ is fresh off his lightweight showcase with Rafael Fiziev last month in London. In the co-main event of UFC 286, the two put on a classic. Ultimately, it was Gaethje who earned the win by majority decision after 15 minutes of action.