This weekend, fireworks are expected in Utah when lightweight entertainers Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje collide in the UFC 291 main event.
The pair have established themselves as two of the biggest fan favorites in the promotion courtesy of multiple wars inside the Octagon and highlight reel-worthy finishes.
Unsurprisingly, their penchant for firefights led to a Fight of the Year candidate when they shared the cage back in 2019. Given how that bout played out, many are expecting their BMF title rematch on Saturday to deliver in spades.
But having fallen on the wrong side of the result five years ago, Gaethje is looking to use his added experience and wisdom in the sport to carve out a victory via patience come fight night on July 29.
Gaethje: ‘I Always Create Damage, No Matter What’
During a recent fight week interview with CBS Sports’ Shakiel Mahjouri, Gaethje broke down his upcoming second dance with “The Diamond,” a fellow former interim UFC lightweight champion.
While excitement appears guaranteed in the UFC 291 headliner, “The Highlight” did note that he doesn’t plan on going pedal to the metal from the word go. Instead, considering his inane ability to inflict damage, Gaethje plans to let the opportunities to land come to him.
“I can’t find a lot of similarities (to the 2018 fight). I think we’ve both grown so much from that day,” Gaethje said. “I think with age comes wisdom, and I’ve been able to really grow in that aspect of the sport. You know, being more technical and understanding that I have to fight a perfect fight; not necessarily go in there and just be tenacious.
“I really need to just be more focused, stay within myself, and then be more patient,” Gaethje continued. “I always create damage no matter what, no matter if I’m trying or not. Somehow, their faces are just always mangled at the end of the fight. So, I just need to wait for those opportunities and land those shots.”
As always, however, a plan can be good on paper until a shark like Gaethje smells blood inside the cage…
And although he displayed a more technical approach for his victory over Rafael Fiziev this past March at UFC 286, fans were still treated to a thrilling dose of violence inside The O2 in London.
Those in Salt Lake City will be hoping for a similar experience this Saturday night at the Delta Center.
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