UFC 291: Poirier vs. Gaethje 2 – Betting Preview

UFC 291 Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje 2 Betting Preview

Taking main event honors in the promotion’s return to Salt Lake City, Utah, fierce lightweight contenders, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje renew their rivalry atop a UFC 291 flagship event – with vacant BMF championship spoils awaiting the victor of the pair’s long-awaited rematch.

Landing in ‘The Beehive State’ this weekend, the Octagon will feature a main card which promises to be action-packed – comprising of five former gold holders under the organization’s banner. 

And taking main event status, a mouth-watering re-run of their 2018 battle in Phoenix, Arizona, former interim lightweight titleholders, Poirier and Gaethje end the night in Salt Lake City, with the winner landing symbolic BMF gold – previously only held by the recently retired, Jorge Masvidal.

Taking bragging rights into their headlining tilt, Poirier managed to land a fourth round standing TKO win over Arizona veteran, Gaethje back in 2018, en route to his eventual interim title win over former featherweight champion, Max Holloway.

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And according to lines currently available at Betway, Poirier is sat as a -150 betting favorite to land a second career win over Gaethje – with the latter placed currently as a +120 betting underdog. 

In terms of an interesting prop bet available on the pairing between Poirier and Gaethje – Betway are offering a special Gone In 60 Seconds market – which would see either suffer a loss inside the opening minute, with odds currently available at +1,200 between the two perennial contenders. 

Ahead of their 2018 pairing at the lightweight limit, Poirier eventually closed as a -123 betting favorite over Gaethje in Arizona, before eventually landing a fourth round knockout win over his fellow perennial contender.

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In the night’s co-headliner, Polish light heavyweight ace and former division champion, Jan Blachowicz welcomes former middleweight champion, Alex Pereira to 205 pounds – as the Brazilian looks to recover from an April championship loss to arch-rival, Israel Adesanya in Miami, Florida. 

Last forced the distance against Russian contender, Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 282 back in December of last year in a vacant light heavyweight title pairing, Blachowicz fought to a split draw. 

And at the time of publication, on Betway to boot, Blachowicz and Pereira are inseparable – with the pair currently listed at -110 with the bout a pick ‘em. 

In his biggest victory over the course of his brief mixed martial arts career, Sao Paulo knockout artist, Pereira landed a stunning undisputed middleweight title win against the aforenoted, Adesanya back in November of last year at Madison Square Garden – stopping the Nigerian-Kiwi with a fifth round standing TKO win. 

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Also of note on the main card, former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson makes his return to the Octagon – and the lightweight limit to boot, attempting to bring an end to a bruising five-fight losing skid as he takes on fellow veteran, Bobby Green.

Sidelined since a fourth round guillotine choke loss to Nate Diaz back in September of last year, the once-streaking Ferguson is currently sat as a sizeable +300 betting underdog to beat San Bernardino native, Green – with the latter closing as a -400 betting favorite over at Betway to boot.