The BMF title is back.
Dustin Poirier and also Justin Gaethje, 2 of one of the most amazing activity boxers in mixed martial arts, will certainly defend the symbolic belt Saturday generally occasion of UFC 291 in Salt Lake City. The very first BMF title was won by Jorge Masvidal in 2019 after a triumph over Nate Diaz at Madison Square Yard. The belt name, abbreviated for “baddest motherf—er,” stands for boxers that leave everything in the Octagon.
Poirier vs. Gaethje has actually included risks, as well. The champion will certainly remain in lead for a light-weight title shot complying with Islam Makhachev’s protection versus Charles Oliveira at UFC 294 in October. ESPN places Gaethje No. 4 and also Poirier No. 5 worldwide at light-weight. Poirier is additionally placed No. 10 on ESPN’s pound-for-pound checklist. Both Poirier and also Gaethje are previous acting UFC light-weight champs. Both combated in 2018 in among the very best battles of that year that caused Poirier winning by fourth-round TKO.
Poirier (29-7, 1 NC) is coming off a third-round entry gain Michael Chandler at UFC 281 last November. The Louisiana citizen has actually won 4 of his previous 5 battles, consisting of a set of surfaces of Conor McGregor throughout that stretch. Poirier, 34, is connected with Drew Dober for the most kos in UFC light-weight background (8 ).
Gaethje (24-4) most lately defeated Rafael Fiziev using split choice at UFC 286 in March. The Arizona indigenous, that battles out of Colorado, has actually won 6 of his previous 8. Gaethje, 34, is a previous WSOF light-weight champ. Nicknamed “The Highlight,” he has actually collected rather the draw in the UFC and also has actually landed the second-most substantial strikes per min in UFC light-weight background (7.38 ).
In the co-main occasion, previous UFC light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz and also previous UFC middleweight champ Alex Pereira will certainly clash in a light heavyweight challenger spell. Pereira is going up after going down the middleweight belt in a rematch with competing Israel Adesanya at UFC 287 in April. Blachowicz vs. Pereira is specifically appropriate given that light heavyweight has no champ. Jamahal Hillside needed to leave after bursting his Achilles previously this month.
Comply with along as Brett Okamoto and also Marc Raimondi summarize all the activity from cageside or view the battles on ESPN+ PPV.