Justin Gaethje: UFC Fans React to BMF Champ’s Head Kick Knockout of Dustin Poirier

Justin Gaethje: UFC Fans React to BMF Champ’s Head Kick Knockout of Dustin Poirier

Joel Reyes
July 30, 2023 at 7:53 AM
  • Justin Gaethje defeated Dustin Poirier to win the BMF title on Saturday night
  • Fans took to social media to praise ‘The Highlight’ for his knockout victory
  • Fans debated on who Gaethje should fight next in the Octagon

Justin Gaethhe is the UFC’s new BMF champion.

The 34-year-old captured the ceremonial title in style, knocking out Dustin Poirier with a highlight-reel head kick in the second round.

It was a sweet victory for Gaethje, who avenged a TKO loss to Poirier back in 2018.

Justin Gaethje, Conor McGregor, Islam Makhachev, Dustin Poirier, UFC 291
Justin Gaethje celebrates beating Dustin Poirier during their BMF Title Lightweight fight at UFC 291 at the Delta Center on July 29, 2023, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Image: Chris Gardner.
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Fans took to social media to praise Gaethje for his brutal knockout win.

Gaethje channels Edwards in win

Many of them said that his finishing move was similar to the one Leon Edwards used to beat Kamaru Usman in their welterweight championship fight last August.

Coincidentally, that bout also happened at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gaethje threw out a right jab to get Poirier’s attention. He quickly followed that punch with a high head kick, catching Poirier flush on the right side of his head.

One fan said Poirier and Usman’s fall is almost identical.

Teddy Atlas said the only difference in the knockouts by Edwards and Gaethje is one was Southpaw and the other was Orthodox.

Gaethje's next opponent

Fans were wondering who Gaethje will fight next after his win over Poirier. Some argued that he should fight Islam Makhachev next for the UFC lightweight title.

‘The Highlight’ stated that himself after the win against Poirier, saying that he wanted a shot at the UFC lightweight championship next.

Makhachev is set to defend his title this coming October 21 against Charles Oliveira at UFC 294, per ESPN.

One fan said Makhachev or Oliviera would not want to fight this version of Gaethje.

Gaethje suddenly got some other options, though, following Saturday’s win.

Conor McGregor took to Twitter to issue a challenge to Gaethje, saying that he wants a shot at the BMF title, per USA Today.

Some fans backed the Notorious’ proposal, saying that they want to see a McGregor vs. Gaethje showdown next.

Makhachev vs. Oliveira coming soon

Sports Brief recently reported on the Makhachev vs. Oliveira rematch.

Their title fight will take place at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi.

Makhachev is fresh off a win over Alexander Volkanovski.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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