On Saturday evening, the UFC yields to Atlanta, Georgia for the first time in 3 years with UFC 226, and that time, it is bringing two title fights with it.
At the primary event, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is moving up to 155 pounds to challenge for an interim lightweight title against surging contender Dustin Poirier, a guy who beat him before at featherweight.
From the co-main event, one of the UFC’s fastest rising stars, Israel Adesanya, has his first shot in UFC gold when he chooses The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner, Kelvin Gastelum. It’s two fight-of-the-year contenders from the ATL with two quite live underdogs for UFC gaming lovers to consider, so let us get to it.
Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier Odds & Tips UFC 236
What’s there to say? At just 27 years old, Holloway is already making his case for the title of greatest featherweight of time with two dominant wins over Jose Aldo at 2017.
Now, Holloway has his sights set on the name of greatest pound-for-pound fighter and is moving around 155 pounds to become only the fourth double champion in UFC history.
Holloway’s sport is all about pressure and pace. He places one of the greatest paces from the featherweight division, casting roughly 15 strikes per minute and hammering competitions under his persistent volume.
Even if a fighter can find the better of him early , as Aldo failed in both of the battles, few can remain blow for blow with Holloway as the fight drags to the third, fourth and fifth rounds.
In most respects, Poirier is comparable. “The Diamond” also functions at a high rate, with mix striking. The two differ though is that while Max has power and can hurt opponents, his finishes usually come as a result of injury.
Poirier, by comparison, is one of the only hardest blow-for-blow punchers in the lightweight division. He does not need to land many strikes to harm an opponent as his litany of UFC wins shows. Poirier is a more ready grappler than Holloway.
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