Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje will go head-to-head to crown a new “BMF” champion at UFC 291 in what could be the fight of the year.
Five years after Poirier stopped Gaethje in a thrilling match, the Americans will be back at it again with Utah at stake for the vacant ‘Baddest Mother’ belt. The lightweights have each lost two undisputed title fights since their first meeting in the ring, but both men still have impressive records to show.
And Poirier, 34, and Gaethje, also 34, will look to bolster their CVs here as they battle for the BMF title, which has only been up for the game once so far. In 2019, the now-retired Jorge Masvidal beat Nate Diaz to become the inaugural champion.
In this weekend’s co-main event, former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz welcomes Alex Pereira to the division in his first fight since losing his middleweight belt in April. Elsewhere, there are numerous exciting encounters on the map.
Here you will find everything you need to know.
When is it?
UFC 291 takes place on Saturday, July 29 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Early prelims begin on Saturday at 11:30pm (3:30pm PT, 5:30pm CT, 6:30pm ET), with regular prelims following on Sunday, July 30 at 1am BST (5:00pm: 12:00 AM PT, 7:00 PM CT, 8:00 PM ET on Saturday). .
The main map is then scheduled to begin at 3am BST on Sunday (7pm PT, 9pm CT, 10pm ET on Saturday).
how can i watch it
The card will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK, with the broadcaster’s app and website also streaming the fights.
In the US, ESPN+ will stream the action live, as will the UFC’s Fight Pass.
Poirier – 10/13; Gaethje-11/10
Blachowicz – 10/11; Pereira – 10.11
Full map (subject to change)
Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje 2 (Lightweight – vacant “BMF” title)
Jan Blachowicz vs. Alex Pereira (Light Heavyweight)
Stephen Thompson vs Michel Pereira (welterweight)
Tony Ferguson vs. Bobby Green (Lightweight)
Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Holland (welterweight)
Trevin Giles vs. Gabriel Bonfim (welterweight)
Derrick Lewis vs Marcos Rogerio de Lima (Heavyweight)
Roman Kopylov vs. Claudio Ribeiro (middleweight)
Jake Matthews vs. Miguel Baeza (welterweight)
Early preliminary rounds
CJ Vergara vs. Vinicius Salvador (Flyweight)
Matthew Semelsberger vs. Yohan Lainesse (welterweight)
Miranda Maverick vs. Priscila Cachoeira (Women’s Flyweight)
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