Gaethje’s Head-Kick Knockout Of Poirier Sparks Controversy – Was It Legal?

At UFC 291, Justin Gaethje executed a second-round head-kick knockout of Dustin Poirier which has gotten people talking.

The rematch, where the BMF title was at stake, had everyone expecting another close encounter following their 2018 fight where Poirier stopped Gaethje in the fourth round. 

However, to everyone’s surprise, Gaethje swiftly ended the fight just as it seemed to be heating up. Following the finish, however, fans began to question the legality of the kick.

A slow-motion video of the knockout raised questions over whether the fight could be declared a no contest due to the kick connecting with the back of Poirier’s head.

Although that may have been the case, Big John McCarthy was adamant that the kick was legal. 


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