Following Justin Gaethje’s triumphant victory in UFC 291, Jorge Masvidal had the honor of presenting the “BMF” title to him. However, Masvidal was noticeably upset after witnessing his friend and training partner, Dustin Poirier, succumb to a knockout defeat in the main event.
The unexpected conclusion of this much-anticipated rematch, initially predicted to be a sure-shot “Fight of the Year” contender, took everyone by surprise when Gaethje terminated it in the second round with a devastating head kick, sending Poirier sprawling on the mat. Masvidal, who had been an overt cheerleader for Poirier, also felt the sting of defeat due to his considerable wager on the fight.
“I may have made a bet I shouldn’t have,” Masvidal admitted to TNT Sports post UFC 291. “I placed $100,000 on D.P, on Dustin Poirier. I’m sorry, kids, it’s time for public school.”
Despite the light-hearted jest, Masvidal was gracious in acknowledging Gaethje’s impressive win, especially the knockout kick, a seldom-used tactic in his repertoire.
Interestingly, Gaethje had attempted a similar kick in the first round, but Poirier successfully blocked it. In the second round, Gaethje cleverly lured Poirier into a counter-attack, opening an opportunity to deliver the fight-ending head kick.
“Initially, Dustin was controlling the rhythm of the fight, landing more effective strikes in the first round,” Masvidal commented about Poirier’s performance. “Then, in the unpredictable world of combat, Justin feinted a low strike and landed a stunning high kick that floored my buddy. It was a beautifully executed move. Despite partially blocking the kick, the force snuck around to the back of Dustin’s head, effectively ending the fight.”
“Despite the defeat, Dustin was in top form, and since he’s my teammate, I had high hopes for him,” Masvidal added. “But let’s give credit where it’s due – Justin fought impressively. An always exceptional competitor.”
While the loss undoubtedly dented Masvidal’s wallet, he was more disheartened to see Poirier lose.
This, more than the lost six-figure bet, deeply affected him.
“I’m genuinely heartbroken,” Masvidal confessed. “I wanted nothing more than for my buddy to win that belt.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Jorge Masvidal’s $100K Bet Loss at UFC 291
Who did Jorge Masvidal bet on at UFC 291?
Jorge Masvidal placed a bet of $100,000 on Dustin Poirier at UFC 291.
How much money did Jorge Masvidal lose betting on UFC 291?
Jorge Masvidal lost $100,000 betting on Dustin Poirier at UFC 291.
Who won the fight at UFC 291 between Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier?
Justin Gaethje won the fight at UFC 291 by knocking out Dustin Poirier.
What was Jorge Masvidal’s reaction to the loss of his bet at UFC 291?
Jorge Masvidal expressed disappointment at the loss of his bet, jokingly saying that his kids would now have to go to public school. However, he gave credit to Justin Gaethje for his well-executed head kick that ended the fight.
How did Dustin Poirier lose to Justin Gaethje at UFC 291?
Dustin Poirier lost to Justin Gaethje at UFC 291 due to a knockout from a head kick in the second round.
How did Jorge Masvidal feel about Dustin Poirier’s loss at UFC 291?
While Jorge Masvidal was disappointed about his financial loss due to the bet, he was more hurt by Dustin Poirier’s defeat, stating that he had wanted Poirier to win the belt.