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UFC Fight Night 135 Primer: The Justin Gaethje Brain Damage Countdown

We knew, based on his dominant run in the World Series of Fighting, that Justin Gaethje would make a welcome addition to the Octagon.

He fights with great intensity and violence, gives his all every time, and – perhaps most importantly – is willing to take ungodly amounts of damage to win. And when he finally made his UFC debut, he certainly delivered against Michael Johnson. But then he took on Eddie Alvarez, who slaughtered him, and then Dustin Poirier, who nearly bashed his head in, and now it seems like where watching a countdown clock on Gaethje’s brain trauma.

The next UFC event on tap is UFC Fight Night 135, and Gaethje headlines against James Vick. Vick has been steadily climbing the ranks, and his height, reach and knack for hitting opponents repeatedly make him a threat to anyone. Is he at Gaethje’s level, though? Maybe, maybe not, but all that is moot if Gaethje’s noggin’ is mush…

…Which it very well could be on its way to becoming after the damage it’s taken.

Ponder this while you watch Gaethje take out Johnson.

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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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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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