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Poirier vs. Gaethje 2 BMF title bout headlines INSANE card!



Dustin Poirier Justin Gaethje UFC 291

Justin Gaethje (left) and Dustin Poirier (right) headlines UFC 291. Photo via USA Today Sports

With Jorge Masvidal retired, top ranked lightweights Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje are set to clash for the vacant BMF belt. The exciting five-rounder will headline UFC 291 on July 29 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.

The news was announced by Dana White on Tuesday.

The pair first fought back in April 2018, in a Fight of the Year candidate that Poirier eventually won Gaethje via a violent fourth-round TKO.

Since 2018, both fighters are 6-2, with losses against to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Charles Oliveira.

Pereira vs. Blachowicz in light heavyweight

UFC 291 will also feature former middleweight champion Alex Pereira’s light heavyweight debut as he will take on former LHW champ Jan Blachowicz.

The stacked main card also features the return of middleweight Paulo Costa who will take on hyped newcomer Ikram Aliskerov.

We will also see a highly interesting lightweight bout between the always entertaining Tony Ferguson and Bobby Green, as well as a welterweight matchup between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Holland.

Check out the announced bouts for UFC 291 below!

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Current UFC 291 lineup

  • BMF title bout: Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Light heavyweight bout: Jan Blachowicz vs. Alex Pereira
  • Middleweight bout: Paulo Costa vs. Ikram Aliskerov
  • Welterweight bout: Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Holland
  • Lightweight bout: Tony Ferguson vs. Bobby Green
  • Heavyweight bout: Derrick Lewis vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
  • Welterweight bout: Michel Pereira vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Flyweight bout: Vinicius Salvador vs. CJ Vergara

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