UFC 291 live stream results and play-by-play updates: Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje 2 lightweight “BMF” title fight tops the UFC 291 pay-per-view (PPV) main card on ESPN+ TONIGHT (Sat., July 29, 2023) at Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, a five-round showdown that will serve as a rematch of their epic UFC on FOX 29 “Fight of the Year” from 2018. UFC 291’s PPV co-main event asks former light heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz, to welcome ex-middleweight titleholder, Alex Pereira, to the competitive 205-pound weight class. Former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson, as well as welterweight fan favorite Kevin Holland, will also see PPV action this weekend in “The Beehive State,” which recently lost a major main card PPV fight. Heavyweight hurter Derrick Lewis to the rescue!
UFC 291’s five-fight PPV main card gets underway TONIGHT at 10 p.m. ET, beginning with the welterweight showdown between ex-lightweight contender Michael Chiesa and former middleweight “Trailblazer” Kevin Holland. Get complete UFC 291 PPV main card LIVE results and real-time play-by-play updates below. In addition, we’re also covering the UFC 291 “Prelims” undercard bouts streaming on ABC, ESPN and ESPN+ in a separate thread RIGHT HERE, beginning promptly at 7 p.m. ET. Bet on all the UFC 291 action at DraftKings Sportsbook right here.
Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Poirier vs. Gaethje 2.” Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 291 main card PPV results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward 1the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 291 PPV MAIN CARD QUICK RESULTS:
155 lbs.: Justin Gaethje def. Dustin Poirier via second-round knockout (head kick) at 1:00 — HIGHLIGHTS!
205 lbs.: Alex Pereira def. Jan Blachowicz via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) — SEE SCORECARD!
265 lbs.: Derrick Lewis def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima via first-round TKO (flying knee and punches) at 0:33 — HIGHLIGHTS!
155 lbs.: Bobby Green def. Tony Ferguson via third-round submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:54 — HIGHLIGHTS!
170 lbs.: Kevin Holland def. Michael Chiesa via first-round submission (d’arce choke) at 2:39 — HIGHLIGHTS!
UFC 291 ESPN/ABC/ESPN+ ‘PRELIMS’ QUICK RESULTS:
170 lbs.: Gabriel Bonfim def. Trevin Giles via first-round submission (guillotine) at 1:13
125 lbs.: C.J. Vergara def. Vinicius Salvador via unanimous decision (29-28 All)
185 lbs.: Roman Kopylov def. Claudio Ribeiro via second-round knockout (head kick) at 0:33 — HIGHLIGHTS!
170 lbs.: Jake Matthews def. Darrius Flowers via second-round submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:37
170 lbs.: Uros Medic def. Matthew Semelsberger via third-round TKO (punches) at 2:36 — HIGHLIGHTS!
125 lbs.: Miranda Maverick def. Priscila Cachoeira via third-round submission (armbar) at 2:11
UFC 291 PPV MAIN CARD PLAY-BY-PLAY:
155 lbs.: Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje for BMF title
Round 1: They touch gloves. Leg kicks traded early. Strong leg kick from Gaethje as he eats one to the guard after. Gaethje fires off a right hook. Gaethje ducks again into a head kick attempt that’s blocked. Good left and right from Poirier as Gaethje sends some back. Push kick from Gaethje before another duck into a kick. Strong straight right from Gaethje before a head kick catches the Poirier mitt. Big right-hand hits Poirier. Poirier misses a left hook, takes a leg kick. Big left hook from Gaethje. They each connect with hooks. Nice straight left from Poirier. Another lands as Gaethje swings recklessly. Gaethje ducks again blocking into a kick. Heavy right hook for Poirier connects. Gaethje fires off a right hand, left hand follows. Slapping left hook lands for Gaethje as he almost ducks into another kick. Gaethje leg kick lands. Head kick blocked by Poirier then he eats a leg kick. Fun quick punch exchange closes the round. 10-9 Gaethje.
Round 2: Leg kicks continue for Gaethje. Gaethje punches his way into the pocket, can’t find a home. HEAD KICK GETS THROUGH FOR GAETHJE AND POIRIER IS OUT!
Final result: Gaethje def. Poirier via second-round knockout (head kick) at 1:00 — WATCH HIGHLIGHTS!
205 lbs.: Jan Blachowicz vs. Alex Pereira
Round 1: They touch gloves and trade jabs before Blachowicz shoots in for the single-leg takedown. Pereira defends against the cage holding the neck. Pereira locks on a standing guillotine to no avail. They slightly reposition. Blachowicz lands some knees to the thigh while Pereira elbows the midsection. Blachowicz keeps searching for the takedown. Blachowicz gets it and takes the back, locking in the body triangle. Pereira gets caught in a brief face crank, Blachowicz gives it up. Hand-fighting commences. Hard hammerfist from Blachowicz. Blachowicz sinks on another choke attempt, trying to flatten but Pereira defends well. Round ends with Blachowicz on Pereira’s back. 10-9 Blachowicz.
Round 2: Body jab from Pereira before a pair of low kicks. Another body jab from Pereira. Pereira starts to stalk, working off the jab. Hard inside low kick from Pereira. Another body jab. Hard leg kick outside from Blachowicz. Pereira returns with one to the calf. Another hurts Blachowicz before Blachowicz fires some big overhands that land, level change leads to a double-leg takedown successful for Blachowicz. Elbow from the bottom by Pereira in guard. Tight little punches against the cage from Blachowicz on top. Pereira walks his way to his feet near the cage. Pereira breaks away to the left. Body jab from Pereira. Heavy left hook from Blachowicz. Hard calf kick for Pereira before a lunging uppercut against the cage. Pereira starts upping the volume with hooks and uppercuts against the cage. The body jab from Pereira is followed by two right hooks to close the round. 10-9 Pereira.
Round 3: Hard body kick from Pereira out the gate. Nice left hook and jab from Blachowicz. Pereira goes high with a head kick. Blachowicz’s calf is welted bad. Good body kick from Blachowicz. Solid jab from Pereira. Then down to the body with it. Pereira kicks low. Nice left hand from Blachowicz connects. Low kick from Blachowicz. Looping left hook is blocked from Blachowicz. Blachowicz pushes forwards with a takedown attempt, no good. Pereira gets back to chopping the legs as he eats an uppercut. Great jab from Blachowicz. Big left hook from Blachowicz nearly lands. Pereira chops the leg and the body jab keeps finding a home. Takedown attempt defended by Pereira. Inside low kick from Blachowiczs before a late single-leg takedown puts Pereira on his back in guard. Blachowicz seeks punches but can’t land well as time expires. 10-9 Pereira. Overall, 29-28 Pereira.
Final result: Pereira def. Blachowicz via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) — SEE SCORECARD!
265 lbs.: Derrick Lewis vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Round 1: Flying knee from Lewis righta way drops Lima! Lewis pounds away with massive ground and pound punches one after another and another and it;s over! The shorts are off! Wow.
Final result: Lewis def. Rogerio de Lima via first-round TKO (flying knee and punches) at 0:33 — WATCH HIGHLIGHTS!
155 lbs.: Tony Ferguson vs. Bobby Green
Round 1: Strong right straight from Green right away. Looking fast. Shovel hook snags Ferguson. Double leg takedown attempt from Ferguson, doesn’t quite get it and briefly gets the back of Green. They break. Good left hook to the body for Ferguson. Good jab catches Green off balance from Ferguson. 1-2 connects for Green. Ferguson drops Green with a right hand! He lets him up. Eye poke to Ferguson halts the action. Action resumes, Ferguson swings with a big left to no avail. Head kick nearly lands flush for Green. Sticking right straight for Ferguson. Big 1-2 for Green. Right hand for Green. Hard knee to the body for Green, he wanted the head kick but Ferguson was too close. Another clean 1-2 for Green. Nice overhand right off the 1-2 for Green. Left hook followed by a right for Green closes the round. 10-9 Green.
Round 2: They start with some spinning teases. Ferguson tries to jab his way into the pocket. Ferguson goes for the Imanari roll and winds up on bottom in guard. Green connects with big punches. Green thumps away as they transition to side control, Green stands up for a moment but drops back down to keep punching away. Green starts punching to the body from guard. Elbows from Green. Big hammerfists from Green drop. Green lets Ferguson up. Nice straight left from Green. Right hook connects for Green on a charging-in Ferguson. Jab lands on Ferguson. Ferguson sneaks in a nice uppercut. Big right from Green. They trade jabs. More jab exchanges end the round. 10-9 Green.
Round 3: Green lands a right hook early then snags an impromptu ankle pick. Ferguson jabs. Body jab lands for Green before an overhand right. Nice jab from Ferguson. Green snaps a nice inside leg kick. Good jab from Green. More jab exchanges continue. 1-2 clean for Green. Double jab from Ferguson before he eats a right straight. Beautiful 1-2 from Green, he’s got the speed advantage. Low kick from Ferguson in succession. Good right hand catches Ferguson off balance from Green. Pressure from Ferguson leads to a nice right straight and he takes on in return. Overhand right for Green lands. Ferguson gets caught from behind and tries to gramby roll, ending up in half guard. Green locks on an arm-triangle, Ferguson struggles to survive until the very end but can’t, no tap, Green wins!
Final result: Green def. Ferguson via third-round submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:54
170 lbs.: Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Holland
Round 1: Chiesa circles early. Good early shots to the body from Holland, Chiesa covers up. Holland shoves Chiesa to the ground. Chiesa has butterfly guard from bottom. They break and Chiesa greets with some uppercuts. Chiesa attempts a single-leg takedown, Holland defends as they land in over unders against the cage. Chiesa nearly gets a body lock takedown but Holland stays upright. Big knee from Holland sends Chiesa shooting. Chiesa gets caught in a d’arce choke. Chiesa taps!
Final result: Holland def. Chiesa via first-round submission (d’arce choke) at 2:39 — WATCH HIGHLIGHTS!
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