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Head Kick City! Fighters go wild after Justin Gaethje shocks Dustin Poirier with Salt Lake Special | UFC 291

The same kick. The same city. Another main event. Salt Lake City has some strange magic going on.

UFC 291 is the second big pay-per-view (PPV) event to go down in Salt Lake City, Utah, and it ended in eerily familiar fashion to the first event. Indeed, UFC 278 ended with Leon Edwards scoring a massive come-from-behind victory over Kamaru Usman, hitting “The Nigerian Nightmare” with a head kick hidden behind a straight punch (watch it).

Now, Justin Gaethje just knocked out Dustin Poirier at UFC 291 last night (Sat., July 23, 2023) using almost the exact same maneuver. He threw out a right punch and then followed it with a right head kick. The kick took “Diamond” right in the neck and knocked him down to the canvas. The referee called a stop to the fight moments later at 1:00 of round two, making Gaethje the new “BMF” champion (watch highlights here).

Few were expecting “The Highlight” to win this way. If Gaethje is known for his kicks, it’s for his relentless leg kick game. So, watching him pull off a similar technique to what Edwards used to defeat Gaethje’s teammate (Usman) was a trip. Fighters and fans watching couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

Check out what they had to say about the wild moment on Twitter below:

And, last but not least: Usman in the house celebrating his teammate winning:

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