SATURDAY, July 29th has the potential to be a blockbuster night for martial arts.
The long-awaited fight between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. is set to take place in Las Vegas, while Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje will face off at UFC 291 in Salt Lake City.
However, fans have taken to Twitter to express their concerns about a potential downside to this blockbuster billing.
“Can someone explain to me why UFC 291 is up against Spence Crawford?” wrote one fan.
Another added: “The worst and best thing about #SuperRIZIN2 is the date. Same weekend as Spence vs Crawford and UFC 291.”
One speculated, “I don’t think the ringwalks between Spence and Crawford have been confirmed, but I expect they will happen around 11pm ET.”
“Bellator/RIZIN start at the same time and right in the middle of the main UFC map. It’s going to be a hectic evening.”
But not everyone was so nervous, such as one adoring fan who said: “Spence vs. Crawford…UFC 291…”
“It’s safe to say that tomorrow is the biggest martial arts day of 2023, especially for boxing. I can barely wait for it!!!”
T-Mobile Arena will host Crawford and Spence Jr. around 11pm on Saturday.
At stake is the undisputed welterweight title while the others suffer their first career loss.
Meanwhile, in Utah, Poirier will be looking to level the score against Gaethje, who won his first fight five years ago.
They will compete for the vacant Baddest Motherf**ker in the Game belt.
Light heavyweight Alex Pereira will also face off against Jan Błachowicz, while heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Marcos Rogério de Lima will also face off.
Lightweights Tony Ferguson and Bobby Green and welterweights Michael Chiesa and Kevin Holland round out the main program at the Delta Center.