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UFC 291: Justin Gaethje KOs Dustin Poirier for BMF belt, desires light-weight identify shot

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - JULY 29: Justin Gaethje celebrates his KO victory over Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight for the BMF belt during the UFC 291 event at Delta Center on July 29, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Justin Gaethje were given airborne after his win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 291. (Picture by way of Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC by way of Getty Pictures)

As of UFC 291, Justin Gaethje is an authorized BMF.

The fan favourite light-weight notched the largest win of his profession with a second-round KO of Dustin Poirier, profitable the honorary “BMF” identify with a head kick that despatched his opponent flat. Referee Herb Dean needed to soar between the 2 combatants to forestall Gaethje from doing additional injury.

Gaethje celebrated the win with a backflip off the fence.

Gaethje had carried out smartly within the first around, touchdown 33 of 56 vital moves to Poirier’s 27 of 51.

Over the previous couple of years, Gaethje has been a player in probably the most aggressive department in UFC, with the likes of Poirier, Islam Makhachev, Charles Oliveira, Michael Chandler and extra competing for a belt these days held by way of Makhachev.

Sooner than Saturday, Gaethje’s best win amongst that wave were Chandler, however rocking Poirier may transfer him up a spot in line to problem Makhachev. Oliveira, the previous champ, is these days scheduled to rematch Makhachev at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 21.

“You recognize what I need to do subsequent. I need to struggle for the sector championship,” Gaethje stated after the struggle. “I need to end up I am the most productive on this planet. Win, lose or draw, max effort is what you are going to get from me. Good fortune and probability are an element and I am prepared to roll the cube any f***ing day.”

Gaethje misplaced his first identify shot in opposition to Oliveira, who overlooked weight prior to the struggle, by way of first-round submission. Since then, he has defeated Poirier and defeated by way of majority resolution Rafael Fiziev in a bout that received Struggle of the Night time at UFC 286.

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