For the first time since 2016, the UFC heads to Atlanta, Georgia, as the Octagon will Soon Be set up at State Farm Arena for UFC 236: Holloway vs Poirier II.
The featherweight champion, Max”Blessed” Holloway, is going up to fight for the interim lightweight title and is a -205 favorite. Meanwhile, Dustin”The Diamond” Poirier conquer Holloway in 2012 but is a +165 underdog.
Also on this card is an interim middleweight title match involving Israel”The previous Stylebender” Adesanya (-185) and Kelvin Gastelum (+150). I have a breakdown and select for every single fight on the primary card.
Max Holloway has won 13 straight struggles, 10 of which were endings.
Dustin Poirier is 8-1-1 in his last 10 fights, together with six wins by knockout.
Max Holloway averages 6.9 significant strikes per minute.
Holloway vs Poirier II Fight Center
Scott Hastings’ 2019 Prediction Record To Date
Straight Up Picking Favorites Picking Underdogs
34-23 32-17 2-6
Max Holloway vs Dustin Poirier
Holloway (-205) is seeking to expand his 13-fight winning streak in his new branch as he moves upward from featherweight to lightweight. During the series, 10 fights were endings, nine by knockout and one by submission. Overall, the Hawaii native has a list of 20-3 with 10 wins coming by knockout.
The 27-year-old is that the definition of a brawler, getting in his opponents’ faces and putting on a speed that’s unmatched in the UFC. Holloway has incredible hand speed and always peppers his foes with strikes until they wilt under his stress. Blessed averages 6.9 significant strikes per minute, and it has landed 100 or more significant strikes in four of his last five fights, such as 307 against Brian Ortega at UFC 231.
Poirier (+165) has earned his title fight after eight decades in the UFC, during which he has a 16-4-1 record, and is unbeaten in his last five bits. The Louisiana native was shut to title struggles but would seemingly always lose to future challengers. After three straight knockout wins, though, he has put himself in line for the interim lightweight strap.
Much like his counterpart, the Diamond loves to enter crazy, high-octane scraps. The 30-year-old is a really technically sound striker, rarely putting himself in much danger by keeping his shield , and has good footwork when landing an average of 5.59 considerable strikes per minute. Additionally, he does have a wrestling pedigree also and averages 1.75 takedowns per 15 minutes, but he retains the conflicts standing.
It’s unfortunate we must wait until the conclusion of the card to watch this potential war but it is going to be worth it. Holloway absorbs strikes but just walks right through the cries and looks completely unfazed while he swarms his foes till they crumble. Meanwhile, Poirier is likely better but I do not know if he is going to be able to create much space for some living space. Poirier beat Holloway in Blessed’s Octagon debut in 2012 by first-round entry. I expect a different result this time around.
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