Poirier vs. Gaethje Rematch: Could it be the Fight of the Year?

April 17, 2023
From: Spartacus

The mixed martial arts community is buzzing with excitement as rumours circulate that Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje may be gearing up for a highly-anticipated rematch. Poirier, currently the No. 2-ranked lightweight contender in the UFC, and Gaethje, ranked No. 3, have both expressed their interest in facing off against each other once again. Their first meeting took place back in April 2018 and was a closely-fought affair that saw Poirier emerge victorious with a fourth-round TKO over Gaethje.

Now, nearly three years later, there are whispers that a rematch between the two top-ranked lightweights could be on the cards. In a recent interview with The Schmo, No. 4-ranked lightweight contender Beneil Dariush shared his thoughts on the possibility of a Poirier vs. Gaethje rematch. Dariush expressed his belief that the UFC is considering the matchup, and that it could be coming to fruition in the near future.

A rematch between Poirier and Gaethje would undoubtedly be an explosive and highly-anticipated event. Both fighters are known for their aggressive fighting styles and their ability to finish fights in spectacular fashion. Gaethje, in particular, has been on a roll lately, winning three of his last four fights by knockout. Meanwhile, Poirier has been competing at the highest levels of the sport for years and is known for his technical prowess and his ability to adapt to his opponents.

If the rumours are true and the UFC does book a rematch between Poirier and Gaethje, it would undoubtedly be one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year. Fans can hardly wait to see these two top-ranked fighters square off against each other once again in what is sure to be an unforgettable battle.

There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding the UFC lightweight division lately, with many exciting matchups on the horizon. One such matchup is the highly-anticipated clash between No. 4-ranked Beneil Dariush and No. 1-ranked Charles Oliveira, set to take place at UFC 289 on June 10th. The bout has been touted as a potential title eliminator, with the winner expected to earn a shot at UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev.

However, there’s also been speculation that a rematch between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje could be in the works. Poirier, currently ranked No. 2 in the division, and Gaethje, ranked No. 3, have both expressed interest in facing each other again. Many believe that the winner of this potential rematch could earn the No. 1 contender status and face Makhachev before the winner of the Dariush-Oliveira bout does.

Beneil Dariush recently shared his thoughts on the possibility of a Poirier-Gaethje rematch during an interview with The Schmo. When asked about the potential matchup, Dariush responded:

“Yeah, that’s actually something I think the UFC really wants to do. They want to have those guys fight. If you’re a fan of the sport, that’s a fight to watch. I’m trying to imagine it with the improvement Justin has made and the way Dustin Poirier fights. They’ve both improved, right? But I think Justin Gaethje has improved more, both in mindset and technique. He’s more patient. He does a better job of setting up his attacks. And then Poirier is a dog. I think he could fight five rounds any day. Any given day, he just knows how to be energy-efficient. He knows how to bait you into the counter. So, I can’t wait for that fight.”

Dariush’s comments suggest that while a rematch between Poirier and Gaethje may not be in the immediate future, it’s certainly a possibility down the line. In the meantime, fans can look forward to the upcoming clash between Dariush and Oliveira, which promises to be an exciting and high-stakes affair.

Fans of the UFC lightweight division have been buzzing about a possible rematch between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje. Poirier, who is currently ranked No. 2 in the division, and Gaethje, who is ranked No. 3, faced off in April 2018 in a highly entertaining and closely contested fight. Poirier emerged victorious with a fourth-round TKO, but fans have been clamouring for a rematch ever since.

In his most recent fight, Poirier defeated Michael Chandler via third-round submission in November 2022. Meanwhile, Gaethje is coming off a majority decision victory over Rafael Fiziev in March 2023. Earlier this month, Poirier dropped a major update on the possibility of a rematch against Gaethje.

Speaking to ESPN MMA, Poirier emphasised that he would be open to facing Gaethje in a rematch next. He believes that the fight could materialise this summer and clarified that he is not evading a rematch against ‘The Highlight.’ Poirier stated:

“It seems like the Gaethje fight makes the most sense. We’ll see, I think it could happen this summer. But I don’t have an answer for you, I don’t know what’s next, but it’s looking like the Gaethje fight. He’s calling for it. His people around him, I saw an interview, they said they don’t think I’m gonna take it. They’re some silly goose man.”

Poirier’s comments have certainly raised the excitement level for fans eagerly anticipating a potential rematch between the two lightweights. If the fight does materialise, it promises to be an epic showdown between two of the most exciting fighters in the UFC today.

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