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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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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.

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

Dustin Poirier wants a shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title, and after an impressive win over Justin Gaethje during the main event of UFC on Fox 29, he just might get it.
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UFC on FOX 29 Primer: The Definitive Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje Breakdown

UFC on FOX 29 is rapidly approaching, and with it comes a main event that will see more violence and more blood spilled than an NC-17 movie.

Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje are gonna clash, and by clash, I most certainly mean they’re going to stand about a foot away from each other and start punching, and they won’t stop until someone’s face caves in.

At this point, we know both guys are tough as nails and game as hell. Poirier has been in there with the just about every elite fighter there is, and though he’s racked up a few losses here and there, he’s put away dudes like current champ Max Holloway, Yancy Medeiros, Bobby Green and former champ Anthony Pettis. When it comes to boxing, Poirier’s hands are on point, and his jiu-jitsu ain’t shabby either.

Gaethje was one of the only good things to come out of the World Series of Fighting, and his badassery was enough to warrant him getting a coaching slot on TUF after just one fight in the Octagon. He’s got skills similar to Poirier, but if there’s anyone who thrives on getting punched in the face, it’s him.

Who’s going to come out on top in this one? It’s hard to say. But an impressive win by either man could mean a date with reigning champ Khabib Nurmagomedov in the future.

I’d say those are pretty high stakes, eh?

Here’s UFC commentator Jimmy Smith hyping the match-up.

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UFC on FOX 29 Primer: The Definitive Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje Breakdown

UFC on FOX 29 is rapidly approaching, and with it comes a main event that will see more violence and more blood spilled than an NC-17 movie.

Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje are gonna clash, and by clash, I most certainly mean they’re going to stand about a foot away from each other and start punching, and they won’t stop until someone’s face caves in.

At this point, we know both guys are tough as nails and game as hell. Poirier has been in there with the just about every elite fighter there is, and though he’s racked up a few losses here and there, he’s put away dudes like current champ Max Holloway, Yancy Medeiros, Bobby Green and former champ Anthony Pettis. When it comes to boxing, Poirier’s hands are on point, and his jiu-jitsu ain’t shabby either.

Gaethje was one of the only good things to come out of the World Series of Fighting, and his badassery was enough to warrant him getting a coaching slot on TUF after just one fight in the Octagon. He’s got skills similar to Poirier, but if there’s anyone who thrives on getting punched in the face, it’s him.

Who’s going to come out on top in this one? It’s hard to say. But an impressive win by either man could mean a date with reigning champ Khabib Nurmagomedov in the future.

I’d say those are pretty high stakes, eh?

Here’s UFC commentator Jimmy Smith hyping the match-up.

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Dustin Poirier Not Looking to Fight Fire with Fire Against Justin Gaethje

It’s safe to say fans were excited with the announcement that Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje would square off in the main event on April 14 at UFC on Fox 29.
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UFC on FOX 29 Primer: Could Either Dustin Poirier or Justin Gaethje Beat Khabib?

Thanks to a week full of madness, we finally have someone sitting atop the lightweight mountain who might actually defend his belt.

Yes, you can forget Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson, because Khabib Nurmagomedov is now the man. And provided you don’t try to book him any fights during Ramadan, he’ll fight whoever you put in front of him.

This Saturday, UFC on FOX 29 will be headlined by Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje – two lightweights clawing their way up the 155-pound division ladder. They are closer to the top than most, so it’s conceivable that an impressive win (and maybe a rematch with Eddie Alvarez, who’s defeated them both) could have them kneeling before Nurmagomedov’s throne petitioning the king for an audience.

Can either Poirier or Gaethje beat Khabib?

Well, from what we’ve seen of the champ, if you can’t survive his unearthly ground and pound, you’re toast. However, his striking is still a work in a progress. So any challenger is going to need just the right mixture of skill and resilience. According to Alvarez, Poirier is the more skilled of the UFC on FOX 29 main events, while Gaethje is so damn resilient he’d die before giving up.

Therefore, it all comes down to whether or not Poirier can grit his teeth and bear the Dagestani’s wrestling offense long enough to use his superior boxing on the feet, or whether or not Gaethje is savvy enough to know how not to get submitted or TKO’d until he can get up.

Ponder this riddle while watching Poirier and Gaethje’s “Road to the Octagon” vid.

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Eddie Alvarez Thinks Justin Gaethje Has Heart

Former World Series of Fighting star Justin Gaethje and longtime UFC scrapper Dustin Poirier are slated to meet in the main event of UFC on FOX 29.

They can fight, and fight really hard. And no one knows this more than ex-champ Eddie Alvarez.

Alvarez coached a season of TUF opposite Gaethje, then battled him at UFC 218, where he KO’d the WSOFer after a war.

Alvarez also fought Poirier, and the duo was slugging it out and putting each other on the ropes when Alvarez blasted Poirier with an unintentional illegal blow. That bout resulted in a “no contest”.

So who does Alvarez favor in the UFC on FOX 29 meeting?

As per MMAJunkie:

“I think it’s no question that Dustin Poirier is a more skilled fighter than Justin Gaethje,” Alvarez said. “That’s safe to say. I think everybody in this room would agree with that, skill-wise. But Justin has the intangibles. And, at no time in the ring, when I was beating Justin, no matter how hard I was hitting him, did I feel like he was accepting defeat. Not at any point.

“And I can’t say the same for the Dustin fight. I feel like there was a point at that fight when I felt that he accepted defeat and he wanted to be out of the fight. Justin didn’t. And I beat Justin worse. So I have to give the edge to Justin in that respect, because I don’t feel like Dustin Poirier is going to be able to finish him. He’s going to have to fight him for the whole fight.”

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