After last year's event in Salt Lake City delivered one of the biggest jaw-dropping moments in the history of the UFC, the promotion returned to the city with a night filled with plenty of highlights — along with yet another jaw-dropping performance in the main event.
A sold-out crowd of 18,467 filled the Delta Center to capacity, bringing in a live gate of $6,556,443.97. The live gate is a new record for the venue, previously held by last year's UFC 278 card.
There was no Fight of the Night named for UFC 291. Instead, four of the card's participants were given performance bonuses rather than the usual two. The recipients were Justin Gaethje, Derrick Lewis, Bobby Green and Kevin Holland.
All four of these men walked out of the arena with an extra $50,000 in their pocket.
Justin Gaethje, Derrick Lewis, Bobby Green and Kevin Holland earn post-fight bonuses at UFC 291
Gaethje earned his bonus thanks to his finish of Dustin Poirier in the main event. After a tightly-contested opening round, Gaethje landed a monstrous head kick that dropped Poirier out cold for the second-round knockout win.
Lewis rocked opponent Marcos Rogerio de Lima right out of the gate with a flying knee attack before pounding on him with a furious flurry en route to a 33-second stoppage victory. Lewis then became the talk of the town for his post-fight celebration where he dropped his pants and did the crotch chop repeatedly.
Green thoroughly dominated Tony Ferguson in their contest. Instead of cruising to the decision, however, Green locked in an arm-triangle choke that put Ferguson to sleep in the literal final seconds of the fight.
Holland needed less than three minutes to lock in a brabo choke on Michael Chiesa to force a tapout in the opening contest of the pay-per-view card.