Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje are set to renew their rivalry as the headline event for UFC 291, which is scheduled to take place in Salt Lake City on 29th July.
This will be the second time that the two former interim UFC Lightweight Champions have gone head-to-head after Poirier claimed a fourth-round TKO victory at UFC on FOX 29 in April 2018.
That bout was considered one of the fights of the year by many and this one promises to be no different despite there being no belts on the line, as Poirier currently sits at No.2 in the lightweight rankings, one place above his fellow American.
Since stopping Gaethje inside four rounds, Poirier has claimed the interim UFC Lightweight Championship by beating Max Holloway, as well as twice getting the better of Conor McGregor.
However, the 34-year-old has also lost on two occasions when competing for the UFC Lightweight Championship outright, going down first to Khabib Nurmagomedov and then Charles Oliveira.
Gaethje has also lost to those two fighters since his defeat to Poirier, but he was on the right end of the result for his most recent bout, as he claimed a majority decision victory over Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286 in March
Poirier was also a winner last time out, stopping Michael Chandler in the third round of their bout at UFC 281 last November.
There will be plenty of other intriguing fights on the card on the night to go alongside Poirier v Gaethje 2, including a light heavyweight contest between Jan Blachowicz and Alex Pereira.
|Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
|01:00, Sunday 30th July 2023
|How to watch
|Dustin Poirier 8/11, Justin Gaethje
The card is scheduled to take place on Saturday 29th July 2023 in America, although the action for UK viewers will not commence until the early hours of Sunday morning.
The preliminary card is expected to get underway at 01:00 UK time on Sunday, with the fighters for the main event not scheduled to enter the Octagon until 03:00.
UFC 291 is set to take place at the Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah and it is a venue that is no stranger to hosting such events.
The Delta Center staged its first UFC event on 6th August 2016 when Yair Rodriguez defeated Alex Caceres via split decision in a featherweight bout at UFC Fight Night 92.
UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards 2 was the most recent event to be held at the Delta Center on 20th August 2022, as Leon Edwards claimed a fifth-round knockout success over Kamaru Usman in their headline welterweight clash.
As well as UFC events, the Delta Center also staged the 1999 US Figure Skating Championships and the figure skating and short track speed skating competitions for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Yes. Both the preliminary card and the main event will be shown live on TNT Sports, which is the new name for BT Sport.
While there are no world titles on the line, the UFC have decided that the BMF belt will be up for grabs for the main event between Poirier and Gaethje.
This will be the first time that the BMF belt has been made available since Jorge Masvidal got the better of Nate Diaz at UFC 244 in November 2019.
37 fights, 29 wins (14KOs), 7 defeats, 1 no contest.
28 fights, 24 wins (19KOs), 4 defeats.
Dustin Poirier v Justin Gaethje
Jan Blachowicz v Alex Pereira
Tony Ferguson v Bobby Green
Michael Chiesa v Kevin Holland
Paulo Costa v Ikram Aliskerov
Stephen Thompson v Michel Pereira
Derrick Lewis v Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Trevin Giles v Gabriel Bonfim
Roman Kopylov v Claudio Ribeiro
Early preliminary card:
CJ Vergara v Vinicius Salvador
Jake Matthews v Miguel Baeza
Matthew Semelsberger v Yohan Lainesse
Wood v Priscila Cachoeira
After winning their first bout back in 2018, Poirier is the 8/11 favourite to defeat Gaethje, who is to gain his revenge over his fellow American.