Salt Lake City Welcomes UFC 291 with Thrilling Knockouts
Salt Lake City once again played host to a UFC pay-per-view as the Delta Center witnessed the action-packed UFC 291 on Saturday. Headlined by a long-awaited rematch between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje, the event promised excitement, and the fighters delivered beyond expectations.
In the main event, Justin Gaethje claimed the BMF title with a stunning right high kick knockout of Dustin Poirier in the second round. The co-main event featured Alex Pereira defeating Jan Blachowicz by split decision, solidifying his presence in the light heavyweight division.
The stage was set for a memorable night, and the fighters didn’t disappoint. From the opening bouts to the final showdown, fans were treated to a display of skill, determination, and raw power.
In the welterweight division, Kevin Holland picked up the biggest win of his career by submitting Michael Chiesa with a D’arce choke in the first round. Holland’s improved takedown defense and striking prowess were on full display as he outmatched Chiesa on the feet before securing the impressive victory.
Bobby Green showcased his veteran experience by defeating Tony Ferguson via technical submission with an arm-triangle choke in Round 3. The former interim lightweight champion suffered his sixth consecutive loss, while Green proved he is still a force to be reckoned with in the lightweight division.
Uros Medic, known as “The Doctor,” announced his presence in the welterweight division with a third-round stoppage win over Matthew Semelsberger. Medic’s well-timed strikes and dominant clinch work led to his victory, putting him at 3-1 in the UFC with three finishes.
Roman Kopylov delivered an emphatic knockout with a left high kick, reminiscent of Leon Edwards’ famous move, to defeat Claudio Ribeiro in the second round. After dropping his first two UFC assignments, Kopylov has now earned three straight wins, all by stoppage, establishing himself as a rising star in the middleweight division.
Gabriel Bonfim did not waste time in his fight against Trevin Giles. The young welterweight took control from the start, rag-dolling Giles to the canvas and securing a guillotine choke for a first-round finish. Bonfim’s rapid submission victory marked his 15th consecutive win and further established him as a dynamic prospect in the 170-pound weight class.
CJ Vergara and Vinicius Salvador engaged in a back-and-forth flyweight battle, with Vergara eventually securing a unanimous decision victory after three rounds of intense striking exchanges. The fight went the distance, showcasing the endurance and skill of both fighters.
In the early prelims, Miranda Maverick made the most of her short-notice opportunity, dominating Priscila Cachoeira to secure a submission win in the third round. Her ground control and precise grappling were on display throughout the fight.
Overall, UFC 291 in Salt Lake City proved to be a thrilling night of intense competition and unforgettable knockouts. The event further solidified the city’s status as a favorite destination for UFC fans. As the fighters left it all in the Octagon, the audience eagerly anticipates the next UFC event, where new matchups and memorable moments are sure to unfold.
Don’t miss the next UFC event and stay tuned for more action-packed matchups. Prelims start at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT, while the main card kicks off live on PPV at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT. Grab your popcorn and get ready for another thrilling night of mixed martial arts action!