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UFC 291 Staff Picks: Who Will Claim the BMF Title?

UFC 291 Staff Picks: Who Will Claim the BMF Title?

UFC 291 STAFF PICKS: WHO WILL CLAIM THE BMF TITLE? – The long awaited BMF title is up for contention this Saturday night, as Dustin Poirier (29-7 MMA, 21-6 UFC) faces off against Justin Gaethje (24-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC). The fighter will determine who will be the baddest motherfu*cker on the planet. 

The Godzilla Wins UFC staff is here to give you their comprehensive picks for UFC 291’s main card. 

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UFC 291 will take place in Salt Lake City this Saturday night, July 29, 2023. The main card will air on Pay-Per-View, while the prelims will air on ABC/ESPN and the early prelims on ESPN+.

Credit: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC. Pictured: UFC welterweight Michael Chiesa

Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Holland

Records: Chiesa (18-6-0), Holland (24-9-0, 1INC)

Weight Class: Welterweight

Reach Advantage: Holland, +5.5 in.

Odds: Chiesa +125, Holland -145



Staff Picks

Manpreet: Chiesa, Grappling edge should be enough for Chiesa to grind Holland out over 15 minutes.

Trent: Chiesa. He can control Holland on the mat and potentially lock up a choke. 

Nate: Chiesa. I worry that he won’t do enough with his grappling to score well on the cards, but I think taking him as a small dog is the right play.

Staff Picks: Chesia 3, Holland 0

Tony Ferguson vs. Bobby Green

Records: Ferguson (26-8-0), Green (29-14-1, 1INC)

Weight Class: Lightweight

Reach Advantage: Ferguson +5.5 in.

Odds: Ferguson, +285, Green -375

Staff Picks

Manpreet: Green, Green’s slick boxing combinations should batter the aging Ferguson.

Trent: Green. Ferguson has slowed down considerably, Green just needs to avoid his power shots and land volume.

Nate: Green. He should be able to pound a washed Ferguson and end this with a KO.

Staff Picks: Green 3, Ferguson 0

Derrick Lewis vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima

Records: Lewis (26-11-0, 1INC), Rogerio de Lima (21-9-1)

Weight Class: Heavyweight

Reach Advantage: Lewis +4 in.

Odds:  Lewis +155, Rogerio de Lima -180

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Staff Picks

Manpreet: de Lima, Leg kicks and takedowns will be key for de Lima to avoid the big finishing power of Lewis.

Trent: Lewis. He only needs one big punch to end it and de Lima is a step down in competition. 

Nate: Pass. Lean towards de Lima, but there’s no way this fight ends in anything but a knockout. Watch this for entertainment.

Staff Picks: Lewis 1, de Lima 1

‘Alex Pereira Hits Harder’- Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya Gives Official UFC 291 Predicton For Blachowicz vs Pereira Co-Main Event

Jan Blachowicz vs. Alex Pereira

Records: Blachowicz (29-9-1), Pereira (7-2-0)

Weight Class: Light Heavyweight

Reach Advantage: Pereira, +1 in.

Odds: Blachowicz -120, Pereira -110

Staff Picks

Manpreet: Blachowicz, Grappling and experience at 205lbs will be key for the Polish fighter.

Trent: Pereira. Pereira has a huge striking advantage and should be able to keep it on the feet long enough to land his power left. 

Nate: Pereira. Big at middleweight, so moving up should be fine. Blachowicz runs out of gas.

Staff Picks: Blachowicz 1, Pereira 2

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Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje

Records: Poirier (29-7-0, 1INC), Gaethje (24-4-0)

Weight Class: Lightweight

Reach Advantage: Poirier, +2 in.

Odds: Poirier -145, Gaethje +125

Staff Picks

Manpreet: Poirier, Boxing, durability, and a mental edge since winning their initial meeting in 2018.

Trent: Gaethje. Gaethje will be more defensive when striking and his calf kicks should hinder Poirier’s movement.  

Nate: Poirier. That’s my lean anyway. The only thing I’m confident about is that this doesn’t make it to the scorecards.

Staff Picks: Poirier 2, Gaethje 1

Prelim Fight Money Maker

Manpreet: Matthew Semelsberger, 9 knockdowns in 8 fights will show itself here against a glass cannon like Medic, Semelsberger by KO.

Trent: Jake Matthews. Flowers took this fight on short notice and has a tough test in the well-rounded Matthews. 

Nate: Cachoeira. She’s a decent sized dog against Maverick, but I don’t see it. Big for the weight class and her size should be tough for Maverick to grapple with. Cachoeira could take this one inside the distance with her striking.

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