Justin Gaethje tipped to score rematch win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 291: ‘I think he’s a little bit more hungry’

Justin Gaethje picked to beat Dustin Poirier in UFC 291 BMF title rematch he's more hungry

Ahead of his own expected title-eliminator next month in the co-main event of UFC 289, surging lightweight contender, Beneil Dariush claims “hunger” will fuel former training partner, Justin Gaethje to a rematch win over Dustin Poirier – following the confirmation of their electric UFC 291 BMF championship headliner.

Dariush, currently in the run of his career as he enters next month’s UFC 289 co-main event in Vancouver against former champion, Charles Oliveira riding an eight-fight win streak, looks to finally earn a rescheduled bout with Islam Makhachev – this time with spoils on the line, however. 

And later this summer, another expected lightweight title-eliminator has been booked – with former interim division champions, Poirier and Gaethje stepping inside the Octagon for a rematch of their 2018 clash, this time for the symbolic BMF title, following the retirement of Jorge Masvidal.

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Taking headlining status at the Delta Center on July 29. in Salt Lake City, Utah – Poirier will look to round-off his rivalry with Justin Gaethje, having stopped the Arizona native on enemy territory back in April 2018 with a fourth round TKO win in Glendale. 

Beneil Dariush picks Justin Gaethje to beat Dustin Poirier in July rematch

Sharing his thoughts on how the much-anticipated rematch of Poirier and Gaethje will play out, Dariush has picked the latter to avenge that stoppage defeat, citing a “hunger” that be perceives Gaethje brings with him ahead of a self-confessed final title siege.

“It’s about hunger,” Beneil Dariush told The Schmo. “I think Justin (Gaethje) is a little bit more hungry, but the problem with Dustin Poirier is he’s a dog. He doesn’t even have to be best prepared. He knows how to fight. Once he’s in that Octagon, he kind of takes over the rhythm and he enjoys the fight. So, he’s a really tough guy, but I would lean toward Justin just because of their life right now.” 

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Most recently featuring at UFC 281 back in November at Madison Square Garden, Poirier managed to turn the tide in a third round submission win over common-foe, Michael Chandler, latching onto a rear-naked choke victory.

As for Justin Gaethje, the current #3 ranked lightweight kept his spot within the lightweight top-3 with a majority decision win over the streaking Rafael Fiziev in the co-main event of UFC 286 back in March.