UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje

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UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje
UFC on FOX 29.jpg
The poster for UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateApril 14, 2018
VenueGila River Arena
CityGlendale, Arizona
Total gate$1,085,712.25[1]
Event chronology
UFC 223: Khabib vs. Iaquinta UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee

UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje (also known as UFC on FOX 29) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that was held on April 14, 2018, at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.[2]


After previously contesting two events at nearby Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, the event was the first that the promotion held in Glendale. Zuffa had previously hosted the final World Extreme Cagefighting event, WEC 53 at the arena in December 2010.[2]

The event was headlined by a lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier and former WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje.[3]

A lightweight bout between Gilbert Burns and Lando Vannata was linked to the event. However, the pairing never materialized as Vannata was unable to accept the fight for this date as he was still rehabilitating a recent arm injury.[4]

Abdul Razak Alhassan was scheduled to face Muslim Salikhov at the event. However, Alhassan was removed from the event, citing injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Ricky Rainey.[5]

A welterweight bout between former WEC Welterweight Champion and interim UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit and Matt Brown was supposed take place as the co-headliner. However on April 2, Brown pulled out of the fight due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament and was replaced by Alex Oliveira.[6][7]


Main Card (Fox)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Dustin Poirier def. Justin Gaethje TKO (punches) 4 0:33 [a]
Welterweight Alex Oliveira def. Carlos Condit Submission (guillotine choke) 2 3:17
Middleweight Israel Adesanya def. Marvin Vettori Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Women's Strawweight Michelle Waterson def. Cortney Casey Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (Fox)
Middleweight Antônio Carlos Júnior def. Tim Boetsch Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 4:28
Welterweight Muslim Salikhov def. Ricky Rainey KO (punches) 2 4:12
Flyweight John Moraga def. Wilson Reis Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Brad Tavares def. Krzysztof Jotko TKO (punches) 3 2:16
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Lightweight Gilbert Burns def. Dan Moret KO (punches) 2 0:59
Women's Flyweight Lauren Mueller def. Shana Dobson Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Yushin Okami def. Dhiego Lima Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–26) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Adam Wieczorek def. Arjan Bhullar Submission (omoplata) 2 1:59
Bantamweight Alejandro Pérez def. Matthew Lopez TKO (knees and punches) 2 3:42
Bantamweight Luke Sanders def. Patrick Williams Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
  1. ^ Gaethje was deducted one point in round 3 due to a repeated eye poke.[8]


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[10]

  • Fight of the Night: Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Performance of the Night: Alex Oliveira and Adam Wieczorek

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission. It does not include sponsor money and also does not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses. The total disclosed payout for the event was $1,481,000.[11]

  • Dustin Poirier: $170,000 (includes $85,000 win bonus) def. Justin Gaethje: $110,000
  • Alex Oliveira: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Carlos Condit: $115,000
  • Israel Adesanya: $106,000 (includes $53,000 win bonus) def. Marvin Vettori: $20,000
  • Michelle Waterson: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus) def. Cortney Casey: $33,000
  • Antônio Carlos Júnior: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus) def. Tim Boetsch: $72,000
  • Muslim Salikhov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Rickey Rainey: $12,000
  • John Moraga: $74,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus) def. Wilson Reis: $31,000
  • Brad Tavares: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus) def. Krzysztof Jotko : $36,000
  • Gilbert Burns: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus) def. Dan Moret: $12,000
  • Lauren Mueller: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Shana Dobson: $12,000
  • Yushin Okami: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus) def. Dhiego Lima: $15,000
  • Adam Wieczorek: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Arjan Bhullar: $12,000
  • Alejandro Pérez: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus) def. Matthew Lopez: $33,000
  • Luke Sanders: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Patrick Williams: $12,000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2018-04-15). "UFC on FOX 29 draws announced 11,382 attendance for $1.09 million live gate". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  2. ^ a b Darrell Jackson (2018-01-27). "Gila River Arena to host first ever UFC Fight Night April 14". glendalestar.com. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  3. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2018-01-19). "Poirier-Gaethje to headline FOX event in April". ufc.com. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  4. ^ Mookie Alexander (2018-03-18). "Gilbert Burns vs. Lando Vannata not happening at UFC on FOX 29". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  5. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2018-03-31). "Ricky Rainey replaces Abdul Razak Alhassan, meets Muslim Salikhov at UFC on Fox 29". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-03-31.
  6. ^ Dave Doyle (2018-04-02). "Injury forces Matt Brown out of UFC on FOX 29 bout with Carlos Condit". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  7. ^ Dave Doyle (2018-04-03). "Alex Oliveira steps in to meet Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 29". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  8. ^ AP (2018-04-15). "UFC Fight Night: Poirier beats Gaethje by TKO in lightweight bout". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  9. ^ "UFC on Fox: Gaethje vs Poirier". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  10. ^ Staff (2018-04-15). "UFC on FOX 29 bonuses: Poirier, Gaethje get easiest 'Fight of Night' in history of ever". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  11. ^ Staff (2018-04-16). "UFC on FOX 29 salaries: Dustin Poirier leads payouts with $170,000 in classic slugfest". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-16.