PREVIEW: Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje
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After the mayhem that was UFC 223 has come and gone, it is time for some regularity (hopefully) as the UFC airs on FOX from Arizona. In the main event, there is a marquee Lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje. This is EXACTLY the type of fight new potential fans need to see.
Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier has shown his worth to the UFC over the last 3 years. In that stretch, he has come up to 155 after being a longtime Featherweight, where he beat current champion Max Holloway. Since making that switch, he has gone 6-1, winning four of those by KO or TKO, most recently over former 155 king Anthony Pettis. He has built himself into a title contender, and has found a multitude of ways of accomplishing it, as he has won 10 fights by KO and 7 by sub in his impressive 21-5 career. He has shown himself to be an elite talent in an already talent-filled division, and Justin Gaethje is possible one of the final challengers in the way before he gets a title shot over newly-crowned champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Gaethje, however, will be no cake walk.
Justin "The Highlight" Gaethje is exactly what his name suggests: a walking highlight reel. He's old school in the sense that he's willing to take one to get one in, and it is a survival of the better chin. To this point, it's worked out for him: he's 18-1 with 15 wins by K0, only having 2 decision victories to his name. While his chin finally cracked at UFC 218 against Eddie Alvarez, it took a BEATING to get him there. Poirier will have his work cut out for him should he opt to go that route. Another obstacle with Gaethje is that he never seems to back up. He is always walking forward, making life difficult for his opponent through constant pressure. Whatever the result of this fight is, I am certain that it will be a BANGER.
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