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Midnight Mania! Al Iaquinta Eyeing Late Summer Tango With Justin Gaethje

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It’s hard to make a bad fight at lightweight. The UFC’s deepest division is brimming with scintillating talent- even the guys coming off losses are easy to get excited about. No two fighters represent that more than Justin Gaethje and ‘Raging’ Al Iaquinta. On his podcast, Iaquinta hinted that he might be in talks with the UFC to face Gaethje this summer. He was asked about a possible matchup with Gaethje, and his response indicated that the idea was not new to him. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“We’re hoping for sometime in August,” Iaquinta said. “August, September. I think (the UFC) wanted it to be sooner, but that guy needs a rest. I was looking out for his health with that one. He needs a break for a minute. If it goes down the way it’s supposed to, it’ll be a good fight, a tough fight.”

It’s peak Al to say that he’s looking out for Gaethje’s health by pushing a potential matchup back to late summer. But is the fight actually being discussed? “Little bit”, was all Al would say.

It would be a near-perfect matchup for Gaethje, and one fans would have an easy time getting behind. Iaquinta had won five straight before his high-profile decision loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov; Gaethje is on the most exciting two-fight skid in UFC history, coming agonizingly close to beating Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez before going out on his shield in both fights. He needs a step back, but not too far back; someone that keeps him relevant with a win, and doesn’t consign him to the dust-bin with a loss. Iaquinta is in a similar space; his short-notice loss to Nurmagomedov may have dampened any title hopes, but he hung tough with the Russian for all five rounds. Both men are known for wanting to throw hands in the pocket in a fan-friendly manner; neither are known for meticulous risk avoidance.

Of course, it’s hard to make a bad fight at lightweight; Edson Barboza’s manager has also thrown his hat in the ring for a fight with Gaethje.


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Manager: It’s Time To Book Edson Barboza Vs Justin Gaethje

File this under “no brainer.”

Edson Barboza and Justin Gaethje are both coming off back-to-back losses and both are known for being exciting stand-up fighters. So instead of watching the Brazilian fight off his back for three rounds, why not put him into a firefight with the lightweight “Highlight?”

That works just fine for manager Alex Davis, who told Portal do Vale Tudo that Barboza vs. Gaethje would be a fight that makes sense for both combatants and would undoubtedly electrify mixed martial arts (MMA) fans.

Barboza (19-6) is ranked No. 6 at 155 pounds, while Gaethje (18-2) clocks in at No. 7.

It’s also one of the few fights that isn’t dependent on what happens with the top of the lightweight pecking order (see it). Conor McGregor is out until September (or later), while Khabib Nurmagomedov has no plans to defend his newly-won strap until November.

And let’s not forget about Tony Ferguson’s injury timeout.

Sandwiched between all of the fighters I just mentioned? Eddie Alvarez (No. 3) and Dustin Poirier (No. 5), who collide at the upcoming UFC on FOX 30 event in Calgary.

Lightweight just might be the best division in all of MMA.

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Midnight Mania! Why Didn’t People Watch Gaethje vs. Poirier?

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The UFC’s Fox numbers are… not doing well. Despite excellent in-cage action, headlined by the all-time classic war Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier put on for the fans, not that many fans watched. This isn’t down to Poirier or Gaethje, though: It’s part of a long slow decline in UFC on Fox viewership. With so many events, and so few mainstream stars, the numbers have been trending downward for quite some time now, as outlined by Jason Cruz of MMAPayout.com.

Bellator aren’t doing any better either, as their numbers also came in absolutely awful despite featuring their premiere lightweight mainstay, Michael Chandler, choking out Brandon Girtz in the main event. They have also seen their viewership decline steadily in 2018.

While divining the cause is a subject for a much longer article, one likely suspect are decisions the UFC has made to water down their brand by putting on so many events and simultaneously not investing a whole lot in putting over individual fighters. John Nash found an interesting econometric study that found the impact of stars on Pay-Per-View sales, which have also seen their floor trending downwards in recent years. The star power of the fighter mattered a lot more than the UFC name.


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Julie Kedzie has a point. Gaethje and Poirier ought to be making millions of dollars for this. They should be set for life.

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Dustin Poirier Displays Battered Leg from Justin Gaethje Bout at UFC on Fox 29

Dustin Poirier’s lead leg took a beating at UFC on Fox 29, but he was still able to emerge with a fourth-round technical knockout win over Justin Gaethje in an entertaining main event.
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UFC on FOX 29 Results: Dustin Poirier TKOs Justin Gaethje in Insane Battle

It’s time for the main event of UFC on FOX 29, and like most main events should, this one promises all sorts of violence.

With the lightweight division finally unstuck from the Irish cement it’s been mired in for so long, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje are here to make a play for contender status. Both are skilled strikers, both are the epitome of “stand and bang”. But only one of them can move up the 155-pound division’s ladder. Who takes it?

Poirier comes out with guns blazing, lighting up Gaethje with all sorts of boxing combos. But Gaethje eats it all with a grin, barely even covering up, and his inside leg-kicks immediately begin to take chunks out of Poirier’s thighs. Poirier doesn’t check them, he just keeps putting fists to his foe’s head, and though he’s got to be ahead on the scorecards by a thousand points, you just know those unchecked leg-kicks are ticking time bombs.

The onslaught resumes for both men in the second, with Poirier punching away and Gaethje kicking away. The difference this time around is Gaethje begins to cover up and let his arms absorb the punches, and Poirier mixes in a couple weak takedown attempts. Poirier is still racking up the points; his leg is going to fall off, though.

Fatigue settles upon both men in the third, and with that fatigue comes a slightly decreased output, and mistakes. Those mistakes take the form of accidental eye-pokes, and soon referee Herb Dean is deducting a point from Gaethje while Poirier’s eye is bloody.

The drama reaches a fever pitch in the fourth, with Poirier struggling to stay mobile on his damaged leg. But suddenly that issue is rendered moot when he finally counters a leg-kick with a left hand that sends Gaethje stumbling. Poirier follows it up with flurry after flurry, and Gaethje wobbles over to the fence, covers up, and eventually falls.

UFC on FOX 29 Results: Dustin Poirier TKOs Justin Gaethje in Insane Battle

It’s time for the main event of UFC on FOX 29, and like most main events should, this one promises all sorts of violence.

With the lightweight division finally unstuck from the Irish cement it’s been mired in for so long, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje are here to make a play for contender status. Both are skilled strikers, both are the epitome of “stand and bang”. But only one of them can move up the 155-pound division’s ladder. Who takes it?

Poirier comes out with guns blazing, lighting up Gaethje with all sorts of boxing combos. But Gaethje eats it all with a grin, barely even covering up, and his inside leg-kicks immediately begin to take chunks out of Poirier’s thighs. Poirier doesn’t check them, he just keeps putting fists to his foe’s head, and though he’s got to be ahead on the scorecards by a thousand points, you just know those unchecked leg-kicks are ticking time bombs.

The onslaught resumes for both men in the second, with Poirier punching away and Gaethje kicking away. The difference this time around is Gaethje begins to cover up and let his arms absorb the punches, and Poirier mixes in a couple weak takedown attempts. Poirier is still racking up the points; his leg is going to fall off, though.

Fatigue settles upon both men in the third, and with that fatigue comes a slightly decreased output, and mistakes. Those mistakes take the form of accidental eye-pokes, and soon referee Herb Dean is deducting a point from Gaethje while Poirier’s eye is bloody.

The drama reaches a fever pitch in the fourth, with Poirier struggling to stay mobile on his damaged leg. But suddenly that issue is rendered moot when he finally counters a leg-kick with a left hand that sends Gaethje stumbling. Poirier follows it up with flurry after flurry, and Gaethje wobbles over to the fence, covers up, and eventually falls.

Highlights! Poirier Stops Bloodied Gaethje In Instant Classic

Dustin Poirier had to push through an unfathomable amount of leg damage earlier tonight (Sat., April 14, 2018) at UFC on FOX 29 from inside Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, but he was able to stave off the always ferocious Justin Gaethje to capture a fourth-round TKO finish.

This was really one of the best fights you’re ever going to see, which is the norm whenever Gaethje steps foot inside of the cage. Poirier was able to land heavy head shots at will over the course of the first three rounds, but “Highlight” returned favor with punishing leg kicks that really hampered the movement of “Diamond.” Poirier hung in tough, both fighters pushed through inadvertent eye pokes, and combined to deliver a potential Fight of the Year performance.

While it may have seemed like Poirier was fading entering the fourth round he caught Gaethje with a crushing left hand. Gaethje was put on skates, danced around the cage with little response, and Poirier eventually found the TKO finish along the cage.

Check out the full fight video highlights above courtesy of UFC.

With this performance, Poirier walks away with the biggest performance of his UFC career, pushing his current divisional record to 7-1, 1 NC. “Diamond” looks better than ever and may deserve a shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov’s lightweight title after powering through an inhuman contender like Gaethje. If a title shot isn’t in the cards for Poirier, maybe a rematch with Eddie Alvarez is.

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Dustin Poirier Digs Deep in Knockout of Justin Gaethje at UFC on Fox 29

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Keys To Victory! Poirier Vs. Gaethje

One of the best lightweight matchups on paper for 2018 will unfold later tonight (Sat., April 14, 2018) at UFC on FOX 29 from inside Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, as UFC veteran Dustin Poirier takes on maniac brawler Justin Gaethje in the main event.

If Poirier’s clash with Gaethje goes down as advertised then it may very well be a Fight of the Year candidate. Both fighters are fully equipped to take a beating and eventually find a finish, so pairing the two is matchmaking at its finest.

With individual title hopes at stake, both “Diamond” and “Highlight” will push beyond human capacity to find victory this weekend in Glendale. In order to understand their best chances to leave UFC on FOX 29 a winner we take a closer look at the keys to victory for both lightweights.

Dustin Poirier

1. Conserve and protect…

Gaethje is basically a human battering ram. He has no issue walking inside on an opponent, keeping his chin high in the air, unloading ferocious leg kicks, and inviting his adversary into a war of attrition, longevity, and sheer will.

While Poirier has been involved in a few brawls throughout his UFC career, including a ridiculous throwdown with Eddie Alvarez back at UFC 211, “Diamond” isn’t going to do himself any favors if he plays into the thick-headed game plan of Gaethje. He may end up victorious, but his face could literally be unrecognizable.

Instead of unloading straight out of the gate and giving “Highlight” what he thrives on, Poirier must pace himself and pick his shots. The best course of action for the former featherweight is to conserve energy, move around the pocket so Gaethje can’t find a home for his punishing leg kicks, and drag this main event affair into the fourth and fifth rounds.

2. Remain tactical…

Even though Poirier isn’t the greatest striker you’re ever going to come across, his skills on the feet are certainly above average. “Diamond” has really worked on his combinations and footwork over the past few years and it has showed against game strikers like Alvarez, Bobby Green, and Yancy Medeiros.

In order to milk his standup for everything it has against a wild puncher like Gaethje, Poirier must remain crisp and sharp in the pocket. Gaethje is a wizard at dragging opponents into a brawl, which often leads to sloppy counter strikes, winging hooks, and plodding movement. Poirier can’t fall into that sort of trap or else he will leave himself susceptible to a knockout. Instead, “Diamond” needs to tighten up his punches, extend himself when it’s least dangerous, and lean on his uppercuts inside.

Justin Gaethje

1. Leg kicks early…

It’s no secret that Gaethje is a master of leg kicks. The former WSOF champion owns three career finishes by way of leg kicks and absolutely battered the limbs of Johnson and Alvarez in his two UFC appearances.

While “Highlight” is capable of launching devastating kicks to the head and body, he still does most of his damage to the leg. Not much should change later this evening when Gaethje steps forward into the range of Poirier. Poirier is going to be sticking his jab out like a cat pawing a mouse, but “Highlight” should willingly walk through those shots to put shin to leg.

Assuming Gaethje is able to land his patented leg kicks early and often, Poirier’s hobbled frame will be unable to last long in this fight. Gaethje can then dictate the atmosphere and pace of the action before he finds a window for a finish.

2. Welcome the pain…

Despite losing in devastating fashion opposite “Underground King” just over four months ago, don’t expect Gaethje to avoid damage this weekend in Glendale. If anything, “Highlight” now understands his bodily threshold and should be more than willing to exchange with Poirier until he’s no longer capable of absorbing shots.

While fighting this way puts Gaethje in danger against any lightweight he faces, including Poirier, few opponents can match the toughness of the Arizona native inside of the Octagon. Poirier may think he can, but he’s going to find out the hard way that Gaethje is basically a walking zombie that simply doesn’t go away. When the fight comes down to the two lightweights going tit-for-tat, Gaethje is more likely to exit victorious.

Prediction: Gaethje via third-round TKO

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UFC on Fox 29 ‘Poirier vs. Gaethje’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

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