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“Loser Retires”: Dustin Poirier Declares “War II” After Justin Gaethje’s UFC 286 Victory, Sending Fans Into Meltdown

Published 03/19/2023, 10:37 AM EDT

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The co-main event of UFC 286 proved that Justin Gaethje still has plenty in the tank. Gaethje made sure that he kept up his reputation as one of the most violent fighters in the promotion. To reach his aim of winning the UFC lightweight championship, he made sure to destroy the surging fighter, Rafael Fiziev. The three-round bout was nothing less than a war. Gaethje made sure that he tried his best to break the confidence of his opponent with high kicks and jabs.

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The two indeed succeeded in blowing the roof off the O2 Arena in London. With the victory, Gaethje strongly believes that he gets one more chance for a title bout. However, ‘The Highlight’ was not able to emerge victorious in the last two title shots he got. At the moment, if not a title bout, Gaethje’s next focus is earning a rematch against Dustin Poirier. After Gaethje’s victory via decision against “Ataman,” Poirier hints that even he is looking for a rematch.

Fans react to the ultimate war; Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirier


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Poirier’s tweet before the UFC 286 bout made it evident that, like millions, he too is interested in watching the fights. However, his eye specifically focused on the co-main event for obvious reasons. Prior to the bout, Poirier tweeted, “Gaethje vs. Fiziev is going to be a head-on collision! It is true that the prediction of Poirier didn’t go wrong. Now, ‘The Diamond’ has indicated that he would fight Gaethje next. Fans were not able to contain their excitement after coming across this tweet from Poirier.

One fan was highly excited about the potential bout.


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Another fan clearly believes in Poirier.

One of the Twitter users put forward a great condition.

Another fan felt that the rematch between the two would be nothing less than a war.

One fan showed his excitement like the majority.

Another fan wants to see Poirier back in the cage soon.

One fan asked if the fight was scheduled for July.

From the reactions of the fans, it was pretty evident that they can’t wait for the rematch. But why are fans excited for a matchup that already occured years ago?


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The first bout between Gaethje and Poirier

The last bout between Gaethje and Poirier took place back in 2018. The two came face to face at UFC on Fox 29. Both of them locked horns for the main event, and Gaethje was unable to withstand the ferocious moves of ‘The Diamond.’

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When the bout entered the fourth round, Poirier outdid ‘The Highlight’ with his punches. Just 33 seconds into the fourth round, Poirier won the bout via TKO. The fans who witnessed the gruesome fight are now way too excited about the rematch between the two great powers. What do you make of Poirier’s tweet and the potential rematch? Let us know in the comments below.

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Priyanka is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. She has been an ardent fan of the UFC since 2018. She is passionate when it comes to writing about the sport and this is evident in her articles.
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