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Who won Poirier vs Gaethje II?
Justin Gaethje beat Dustin Poirier by during the main event of UFC 291, on Saturday 29th July 2023 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Justin Gaethje.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
Poirier vs Gaethje II stats
Dustin Poirier stepped into the octagon with a record of 29 wins, 7 loses and 0 draws, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 8 by submission.
Justin Gaethje made his way to the cage with a record of 24 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 19 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Gaethje had a massive power advantage over Poirier, boosting at 79% knock out percentage over Poirier's 48%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Poirier had a large advantage over Gaethje, boasting at 28% submission rate over Gaethje's 4%.
Dustin Poirier was the same age as Justin Gaethje, at 34 years old.
Gaethje had a height advantage of 2 inches over Poirier. Despite this, he had 3-inch reach advantage.
Poirier was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 8 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 2 years and 3 months earlier than Gaethje, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 21 more professional rounds, 82 to Gaethje's 61.
Poirier vs Gaethje II form
Poirier had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Michael Chandler at UFC 281 on 12th November 2022 by in the 3rd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 on 11th December 2021 by in the 3rd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had won against Conor McGregor at UFC 264 on 10th July 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had beat Conor McGregor at UFC 257 on 23rd January 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
He had defeated Dan Hooker at UFC Vegas 4 on 27th June 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Gaethje had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286 on 18th March 2023 by majority decision in their 3 round contest at o2 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had lost to Charles Oliveira at UFC 274 on 7th May 2022 by submission in the 1st round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Going into that contest, he had won against Michael Chandler at UFC 268 on 6th November 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Before that, he had been beaten by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 on 24th October 2020 by submission in the 2nd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
He had defeated Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on 9th May 2020 by knockout in the 5th round at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Dustin Poirier had been fighting more than Justin Gaethje.
Going to this contest, Dustin Poirier had last fought 10 months and 8 days ago, while Justin Gaethje's last outing had been 6 months and 2 days ago.
Poirier's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 24 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
Gaethje's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 4 months and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Poirier vs Gaethje II?
Dustin Poirier was a 33/50 (-150) favourite going into the contest, while Justin Gaethje made his way into the ring at 5/4 (+130) with oddsmakers.