This coming Saturday, Poirier and Gaethje are to clash in UFC 291’s central event, with the unclaimed BMF belt at stake. Initially brought to life by Nate Diaz, and subsequently adopted by the UFC for Diaz’s promotion with Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244, the BMF title represents a token of honor rather than a conventional title. Following Masvidal’s retirement earlier this year, the promotion decided to resurrect the title and, in Chiesa’s view, no better fight could have been chosen.
“I anticipate a thrilling and intense fight, filled with mayhem, and I am thrilled they are contesting the BMF title,” Chiesa revealed during The MMA Hour. “I think this fight substantiates the BMF title. Either of these fighters could have been an unrivalled world champion, if it weren’t for Khabib Nurmagomedov dominating the field. I believe these two fighting for this belt authenticates it, and it’s going to be a tremendous spectacle for fans.”
In 2018’s Fight of the Year, Poirier and Gaethje first battled, with Poirier prevailing in the fourth round by TKO. Five years later, they’re poised for a rematch, and although nobody disputes the pairing, some remain skeptical about the BMF title. Chiesa, too, acknowledges his initial unease with the concept, though this sentiment doesn’t apply to the forthcoming fight.
“I had some reservations when the BMF title was first introduced, mainly because it wasn’t Donald Cerrone contesting for it,” Chiesa admitted. “To me, he embodies the original BMF. However, I feel this fight justifies the title.”
Furthermore, Chiesa believes the title offers another advantage. Though the BMF title is more symbolic than anything, Chiesa identifies its value as a promotional instrument, enabling the UFC to continually publicize fights, even in the absence of a standard weight class title.
“From a business perspective, it’s increasingly challenging to line up several title fights throughout the year,” Chiesa pointed out. “Poirier vs. Gaethje could be a five-round, non-title, pay-per-view main event and anyone would purchase it, but adding the title to it makes it more compelling, and in my opinion, it’s absolutely justified for these two to contest a title.
“It paves the way for potentially hosting three title fights at MSG or three title fights at year-end. Forcing a title fight onto this card could potentially diminish the magnitude of the bigger cards later in the year. So, it’s apt for these two to contest the title as they’re both incredibly formidable and this will yield business benefits down the line.”
Drawing greater attention to UFC 291 doesn’t just benefit the main event fighters, but also proves advantageous for Chiesa, who is set to face Kevin Holland in Saturday’s opening main card bout in Salt Lake City.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about BMF Title at UFC 291
Who does Michael Chiesa think validate the BMF title?
Michael Chiesa believes that Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje validate the BMF title.
What is the BMF title in UFC?
The BMF title in the UFC is a symbolic belt, first conceived by Nate Diaz and used by the UFC to promote Diaz and Jorge Masvidal’s fight at UFC 244. It’s not a traditional title but rather a token of honor.
Who were the original fighters associated with the BMF title?
The original fighters associated with the BMF title were Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal.
What are Michael Chiesa’s views about the BMF title?
Michael Chiesa initially had reservations about the BMF title, particularly because Donald Cerrone wasn’t the one fighting for it. However, he believes that the upcoming fight between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje is deserving of the title and that it validates the title’s significance.
What benefits does Michael Chiesa see in the BMF title?
Chiesa sees the BMF title as a good promotional tool for the UFC, especially as it’s becoming more challenging to arrange multiple title fights throughout the year. He thinks that the title adds intrigue to the fight, making it more compelling and potentially leading to more purchases.
Who is Michael Chiesa set to face in the upcoming UFC 291?
Michael Chiesa is set to face Kevin Holland in the opening main card bout at UFC 291.