UFC BMF title bout among 26 new UFC bouts announced: Killer or filler?

Check out all the MMA fights, including the BMF title fight announced over the past week in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions.

By: Kristen King | 4 months ago
UFC BMF title bout among 26 new UFC bouts announced: Killer or filler?
Dustin Poirier after defeating Michael Chandler at UFC 281 | IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

Fights on Tap is a weekly roundup of all the fights booked in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions. The UFC either announced or finalized 26 fights this week, and a new ‘Baddest Motherf—ker’ (BMF) champion will be crowned. 

This past Tuesday, UFC president Dana White revealed the line-up for UFC 291, the upcoming pay-per-view event scheduled for July 29 at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Headlining is a pair of fighters best suited to vie for the now-vacant BMF championship in Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje

In their first ‘Fight of the Night’ outing, Poirier finished Gaethje via fourth-round TKO. Since then, the ‘Diamond’ and the ‘Highlight’ went on to vie for the UFC lightweight championship, which was held by ex-champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Both were submitted by the ‘Eagle,’ who retired and vacated the title after the Gaethje win. Poirier rattled off wins against Dan Hooker and Conor McGregor (x2) before challenging the new UFC lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira. The American Top Team (ATT) representative fell short to ‘Do Bronx,’ but rebounded a year later with a submission of Michael Chandler

As for Gaethje, he also got a win against Chandler, which saw him receive a championship opportunity against Oliveira. Like Poirier, he was submitted by the Brazilian. This past March, the Elevation Fight Team returned to the Octagon, where he notched a majority decision win against Rafael Fiziev

Announced UFC fights: 

UFC Vegas 74 — June 3

UFC Jacksonville — June 24 

UFC Vegas 75 — June 17

UFC Vegas 76 — July 1

UFC 290 — July 8

UFC Vegas 77 — July 15

UFC London — July 22

UFC 291 — July 29 

  • Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje — lightweight
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Alex Pereira — light heavyweight 
  • Paulo Costa vs. Ikram Aliskerov — middleweight 
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Bobby Green — lightweight 
  • Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Holland — welterweight 
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima — heavyweight 
  • Stephen Thompson vs. Michel Pereira — welterweight 

UFC Fight Night — August 5

UFC Fight Night — August 12

UFC 292 — August 19 

  • Aljamain Sterling vs. Sean O’Malley — bantamweight
  • Zhang Weili vs. Amanda Lemos — women’s strawweight 

UFC Fight Night — August 26

Announced Bellator fights: 

Bellator 298 — August 11

Bellator Dublin — September 23

  • Brian Moore vs. Otto Rodrigues — featherweight
  • Mads Burnell vs. Daniel Weichel — featherweight 

Announced Cage Warriors fights:

Cage Warriors 155 — June 2

  • Elijah Harris vs. Chris Lewis — heavyweight
  • Bill Wilson vs. Bobby Winther — lightweight 

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Kristen King
Kristen King

Kristen King is a writer for Bloody Elbow. She has covered combat sports since 2016, getting her start with outlets such as FanSided, MyMMANews and MMA-Prospects. She joined the BE team in 2020, covering a mix of news, events and injuries. In her time with BE, Kristen has created ‘Fright of the Night,’ a series that highlights some of the worst injuries in the sport.

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