UFC on Fox 29 showcases some intriguing fights especially in the main event, Dustin Poirier versus Justin Gaethje, for a possible title shot in the UFC’s Lightweight division. Carlos Condit versus Alex Oliveira in the co-main event slot, Israel Adesanya versus Marvin Vettori as the featured fight of the evening, and a Flyweight making her UFC debut Lauren Mueller, who goes up against Shana Dobson and much, much more! Despite the rocky event last week, dedicated UFC fans, are sure to be rewarded with some exciting matchups this weekend.
Let’s check out what UFC fans can expect from UFC on Fox 29 in the main event!
Dustin Poirier versus Justin Gaethjeto will put themselves ever closer to the top contender status with a win on Saturday. The main event – UFC on Fox’s 29 headliner – is arguably a significant and pivotal Lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje. Whoever wins will move ever closer to title contention. Poirier aims to get the title shot with a win over Gaethje.
Entering this match-up against Poirier, Gaethje has only lost once in his Professional Mixed Martial Arts career. Before being stopped by the Veteran Eddie Alvarez in a razor close, back and forth brawl at UFC 218. Gaethje really took it to Alvarez despite being a newcomer to the UFC. Prior to that, Gaethje was on an 18-0 winning streak.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) April 11, 2018
It has been around 2 and half years since Gaethje fought in his home state of Arizona. He has also wrestled at the Gila River Arena before, competing in wrestling tournaments. And has mentioned wrestling with George St. Pierre during his Collegiate years. Hopefully, this homecoming headliner draws in favor of the Arizona native this Saturday. Suffice to say, Gaethje has never lost or been to a decision in his home state of Arizona.
Gaethje is not overlooking Poirier, in the slightest, in fact, he respects him as a fighter but that’s not stopping him from taking everything that Poirier has accomplished. On only two of his outings in the UFC, Gaethje has yet to disappoint. The fight against Michael Johnson won him the coveted Performance of the Night (POTN), Fight of the Night (FOTN), and Fight of the Year! In Gaethje’s latest fight, despite the loss, won Fight of the Night honors as well. And I believe this fight this Saturday against Dustin Poirier will be no different. Gaethje has mentioned via Skype that he expects this fight against Poirer to be a Fight of the Year candidate. So look out this Saturday cause the 4th of July has come early. Fireworks!
Prior to joining the UFC, Gaethje won the WSOF Lightweight Championship, so he’s not new the pressure of becoming champion or being champion. He defended his WSOF Title, five successful times before signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in which he had to vacate his title and move on to bigger and better things.
Yes I have a human services degree. When I’m done with this then one way or another I will be involved in social work.
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) April 12, 2018
Justin Gaethje hasn’t fought any notable fighters in his MMA career except for the last two fights against Michael Johnson and Eddie Alvarez. He is now 1-1 in the UFC, but both fights were barn-burners! But he has had interesting fights against some noteworthy opponents such as Dan Lauzon, who is brothers with Lightweight competitor Joe Lauzon [who lost last week via TKO (corner stoppage)]. And when Gaethje won the WSOF title, he was going up against Nick Newell who was also at the time, 11-0. Gaethje obviously won and defended it five times.
Dustin Poirier feels excited about the fight even though Gaethje has home court advantage. Poirier has said, he’s beaten fighters before in their hometown and won and feels that the pressure rests more on Gaethje then him. In an interview with MMA Junkie. Poirier looks to be the best version of himself for 25 minutes on fight day. After he wins, he looks “to get pizza and beer after the fight and buy a hammock and hopefully fight for the title at the end of the year.”
— UFC (@ufc) April 9, 2018
There is no telling how Poirier and Gaethje will play-out, but hardcore UFC fans can expect fireworks for sure on Saturday. This main event will not go 5 rounds, in my opinion. With Gaethje’s pressuring style, it could cause Poirier to work more than he’s used to. But Poirier is more refined in his striking than Gaethje is. Look for Poirier to pick his shots and gauge distance while Gaethje does what he always does, is pressure his opponents and go low with leg kicks, knees to the body to set up a possible knockout stoppage. Overall, UFC on Fox 29 main event, on the surface, probably favors Dustin Poirier, mainly because of the glaring contrast of technique versus brute force but anything can happen in this sport.
The action once again goes down on 14 April 2018, from Glendale, Arizona. at the Gila River Arena and will be broadcast on Fight Pass at 3:30PM/12:30 PM ETPT, and then TSN 5 at 6:00 PM EST (3:00 PM PST), and finally, on CTV TWO at 8:00 PM EST (5:00 PM PST). Check your local listings*
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the fights!
— UFC (@ufc) April 9, 2018