A lightweight fight between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje has been targeted by UFC officials for a show sometime in the next few months.
As things stand it’s possible the fight will take place at UFC 222 on March 3rd in Las Vegas, or if that doesn’t work out then sometime the following month, which could mean it would land at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, New York.
The 28-year-old Poirier is coming off a TKO win over former champion Anthony Pettis in November.
Prior to that ‘The Diamond’ had gone up against another former champion in Eddie Alvarez, with their fight ending in a ‘no contest’ ruling after his opponent landed an illegal knee, while earlier in the year Poirier defeated Jim Miller by majority decision.
Meanwhile, former WSOF champion Gaethje suffered the first loss of his 19-fight career last time out at UFC 218 in December in a barnstorming battle with the aforementioned Eddie Alvarez, succumbing to a TKO loss late in the third round.
A few months earlier Gaethje had emerged victorious in his UFC debut by way of a TKO stoppage against Michael Johnson in a bout that many have since awarded ‘Fight Of The Year’ status.
This should be a match-up that provides guaranteed fireworks, so it will be a major asset to whichever card it eventually gets assigned to in the coming months.