“I’m Not Turning Away”: As Dana White Reinstates the BMF Strap, Dustin Poirier Drops a Cold Warning to Justin Gaethje Ahead of UFC 291

Published 05/23/2023, 4:02 AM EDT

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UFC fans, get ready for a thrilling showdown as Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje step into the octagon in July! The two fighters are going to fight for the coveted BMF belt in the main event of UFC 291. This fight has all the makings of an encounter that will have fight enthusiasts on the edge of their seats.

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The BMF title, introduced back in 2019, honors fighters who epitomize the spirit of combat sports. It represents a clash between two warriors who are unafraid to go toe-to-toe and fight till the end. Poirier and Gaethje, both known for their explosive fighting styles, are the perfect contenders to revive the BMF legacy.

Also, this fight is going to change a lot of things in the lightweight division. Moreover, the winner of this fight gets a step closer to a title shot. Recently, Poirier appeared in an interview with Ariel Helwani and had some interesting things to say about his next fight.

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In a recent appearance on The MMA Hour Show with Ariel Helwani, Poirier expressed his excitement for the upcoming fight. He passionately stated, “If this fight doesn’t get you excited, you’re not a fan of combat sports. Turn off YouTube right now and stop watching this show.” His words resonated with fans who understand the magnitude of this matchup.

Poirier acknowledged the head-on collision that awaits him, emphasizing that he is not turning away. The fire in his words conveyed his determination and hunger for the win. He made it clear that this fight is what he lives for, what gets his adrenaline pumping, and what motivates him to push himself to the limits.

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“This fight is what I’m gonna pick the war hat up for. I know what I’m going into. It’s a head-on collision and I’m not turning away, that’s what this fight is. That’s what I want, that excites me dude, it gets me pumped up right now.”

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The two warriors faced each other for the first time at UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje on April 2018. Gaethje was relatively new in the UFC back then. From the very first second, their battle was not short on action! Both fighters landed powerful shots and gave fans many memorable moments.

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In the starting seconds of the 4th round, ‘Diamond’ was able to stop his opponent via a perfectly landed TKO. Also, this fight was awarded with the Fight of the Night bonus. Even after losing the fight, Gaethje won the respect in the hearts of countless fans. Since then, ‘The Highlight’ has gone on to lose just 2 of his next 8 fights.

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On the other hand, Poirier has also had the exact same record, winning 6 of his next 8 fights. With the BMF title on the line, this fight promises to deliver an unforgettable display of heart, skill, and sheer determination. So mark your calendars and get ready for a clash that will undoubtedly go down in the annals of MMA history.

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Sushant Sharma

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Sushant Sharma is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports who has a keen understanding of the complex commercial nature of the sport. With a degree in Commerce from a prestigious institute, Sushant has a unique perspective on the multi-million-dollar industry that surrounds the UFC. He is an avid fan of the sport and has been following it closely since 2016.
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