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10 Apr 2018 by TSZ

MMA Preview – Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje at UFC on Fox 29

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC on Fox 29? Saturday 14th April, 2018 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on Fox 29? Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona

What channel is UFC on Fox 29 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC on Fox 29? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC on Fox 29? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

On the back of the chaotic UFC 223 where a plethora of top lightweights gobbled up the spotlight, the UFC are showing just how stacked the division is with two more elite contenders, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje, taking centre stage.

The winner of this fight would be in line for a title shot but may have to wait to see if the bitter and escalating love triangle of Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson ever resolves itself.

Compared to his fellow top lightweight contenders, Poirier has risen up the ranks rather unassumingly, but the UFC veteran has proven he has all the weapons to compete at that championship level.

Gaethje, however, has only recently burst onto the UFC scene as the unbeaten WSOF (World Series of Fighting) champion and extended his run to 18-0 on his UFC debut, putting on one of the fights of the year with Michael Johnson. However, his unbeaten streak was dramatically snapped in his second UFC fight with Eddie Alvarez. Another typical slobber knocker of a battle ended with his first knockout loss so it will be interesting to see how he bounces back in his home state of Arizona.

THE PREDICTION

These two assassins are going to throw down which is predictable from Gaethje’s standpoint. Poirier, however, has many levels to his game and has matured into a composed and extremely well-rounded fighter but he certainly has the fortitude to stand toe-to-toe with the infamous slugger.

This will be an enthralling scrap on the feet and their striking accuracy will be pivotal in dismantling their way to a win. Which way it goes will be a coin toss, Poirier has the technique and reach advantage but you can never sleep on Gaethje’s power and frankly, his lunacy. No matter how much damage he absorbs, he will keep marching into danger in search of that finish.

These strengths of Gaethje have given him a great deal of success but it could also be his undoing in the UFC. You cannot afford to be reckless against elite fighters and poise and technique will be crucial for Poirier to negate the aggression of Gaethje but if the fight turns into a brawl you have to back the hometown boy.

Winner: Poirier via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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