EXCLUSIVE: Randy Couture Shares Thought On BMF Belt, Believes ‘Onus’ Is On Dustin Poirier To Get The Win Again

Poirier is set to rematch Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 291 for the BMF belt.

Randy Couture and BMF Title
Randy Couture Bmf Title

Randy Couture doesn’t see a need for the UFC to have the BMF title headline a pay-per-view.

The UFC introduced the BMF belt back at UFC 244 when Jorge Masvidal stopped Nate Diaz due to a doctor’s stoppage. It was the only time the belt was up for grabs but after Masvidal retired, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje will headline UFC 291 for the vacant BMF belt, but Couture says he doesn’t place any merit on the belt.

“I think that is all for the fans, in my opinion. Why do they do the interim fights the way they do? I was one of the first ones to step up and get an interim shot against Chuck Liddell. It’s something they do to create that extra layer of specialty for pay-per-views and for the fans that want to watch those fights,” Randy Couture said to MiddleEasy. “I haven’t watched a single one of those fights, honestly. Unless it’s an Xtreme Couture guy fighting in one of those, I’m probably not tuning in. I don’t place a lot of weight or merit on the BMF title belt, but sure, cool, why not add it to your collection.”

‘Fun fight to Watch’

Although Randy Couture says he doesn’t put much merit on the BMF belt, he is intrigued by the rematch between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje.

Couture is no stranger to rematches and he says given that Poirier won the first fight, it makes it harder on him to make the right adjustments to get the win again.

“I think the guy that won the last one, the onus is always on that guy. You know the other guy is going to make some changes, make some adjustments, see where he made mistakes, and make those adjustments. You are taking a wild-ass guess as to what those changes are going to be as the guy that won and wants the same outcome,” Couture added. “I think it always puts the onus on the guy that won the first fight. Those guys are both amazing competitors and they are fun and they are going to bring it. It’s going to be a fun fight to watch for sure. Their tactics and techniques are almost polar opposites, they approach fights much differently which always makes for an interesting fight.”

Although Couture doesn’t think the BMF belt doesn’t mean much, the winner of Poirier-Gaethje could very well earn a lightweight title shot. 

Published on July 18, 2023 at 10:35 am
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