WATCH: Justin Gaethje recreates ‘HEAD SHOT, DEAD’ moment against Dustin Poirier at UFC 291 to become ‘baddest motherf**ker’

No one expected Justin Gaethje to land a right high kick to knockout Dustin Poirier at UFC 291.


WATCH: Justin Gaethje recreates ‘HEAD SHOT, DEAD’ moment against Dustin Poirier at UFC 291 to become ‘baddest motherf**ker’

Justin Gaethje landed a head kick to knockout Dustin Poirier similar to Leon Edwards (Image Courtesy - NewsroomPost/Twitter)

Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier competed for the BMF title fight at UFC 291. This was also their rematch from 2018. Many people expected the fight to go the distance this time, with both being much better than they were in 2018. However, Justin Gaethje surprised everyone when he head-kicked Dustin Poirier out of consciousness. Yes, Justin Gaethje landed a head-kick knockout to win the BMF belt.

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The first round went as usual. Dustin would take time to get into the rhythm, whereas Justin Gaethje spams his leg kicks and right hooks. Gaethje landed the better strikes in the first round. Most fans had him winning the first round with his better output. However, he blew away all the expectations by landing a head kick to knock out Poirier in the first minute of the second round.

The head kick perfectly mirrored the head kick landed by Leon Edwards last year against Kamaru Usman. Leon landed it in the Southpaw stance, and Gaethje landed it in the Orthodox stance. Salt Lake City should be renamed the Head Kick City due to the iconic head-kick knockouts. UFC 291 became another great PPV for the company in 2023.

The truth about the knockout remains that Poirier did not expect a head kick from Gaethje. Gaethje is known for his leg kicks and powerful strikes. However, no one, including the coaches, expected Gaethje to land a right-high kick to knockout Poirier. This one is also the best knockout victory of Gaethje’s career. No other way to avenge his loss against Poirier from 2018.

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Fans react to Justin Gaethje’s head kick knockout against Dustin Poirier at UFC 291

Justin Gaethje has a respectable fight record
Justin Gaethje has a respectable fight record (Image Courtesy – Daily Star)

Justin Gaethje knocked out Dustin Poirier to win the BMF title at UFC 291. Gaethje also avenged the loss to Poirier in 2018. Fans went on Twitter to react to the insane knockout. Here are some of the fan reactions:

Some fans called for a title shot for Gaethje with an impressive win over Poirier. It looks like he will fight the winner of Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira’s fight in Abu Dhabi. Gaethje will look to capture the undisputed belt in his final attempt at the lightweight belt.

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