This Weekend’s UFC Main Event Features a Colorado Kid, Justin Gaethje

By Shawn Patrick on July 28, 2023
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Tomorrow night (June 29th) brings a big one to fight fans around the world as headliners Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje step into the UFC Octagon for their rematch. And it’ll be easy for people in Colorado to pick a favorite in the main event as Justin Gaethje is a Colorado guy!

Gaethje is based out of Arvada, Colorado, and wrestled for the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. He went on to earn the first Division I All-American honors in the program’s history, placing seventh in the 2010 nationals. He then went on to become a World Series of Fighting champion, and now sits as the number three ranked lightweight in the world.

Saturday’s fight won’t be easy for the Coloradan, though, as he is set as the underdog, and Poirier defeated Gaethje by fourth-round TKO in an instant classic back in April 2018. The winner of Saturday’s main event will be crowned the UFC’s second-ever “BMF” champion.

Most experts predict the winner of this fight will get a title shot next against Islam Makhachev.

Good luck to “The Highlight,” Justin Gaethje!!

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