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 conflicts with it.
In the primary event, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is moving around 155 pounds to challenge for an interim lightweight title against surging contender Dustin Poirier, a man who beat him before at featherweight.
From the co-main occasion, among the UFC’s fastest rising stars, Israel Adesanya, gets his first shot at UFC gold when he chooses The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner, Kelvin Gastelum. It has two fight-of-the-year contenders from the ATL with just two very live underdogs for UFC betting fans to think about, so let’s get to it.
Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier Odds & Tips UFC 236
What’s there to say about Max Holloway that has not already been stated? At only 27 years old, Holloway is currently making his case for the title of greatest featherweight of time with just two dominant wins over Jose Aldo at 2017.
Now, Holloway has his sights set on the title of best pound-for-pound fighter and is moving around 155 pounds to become only the fourth dual champion in UFC history.
Holloway’s sport is all about pressure and pace. He sets among the highest paces from the featherweight division, throwing about 15 strikes per minute and hammering opponents under his persistent volume.
Even when a fighter could find the better of him early , as Aldo did in both of the battles, few are able to stay blow for blow with Holloway as the struggle drags into the third, fourth and fifth rounds.
In most respects, Poirier is comparable. “The Diamond” also functions at a high pace, with combination striking. The two differ though is that while Max has power and can hurt opponents, his finishes usually arrive as a result of accumulated damage.
Poirier, in contrast, is one of the single hardest blow-for-blow punchers in the lightweight division. He does not need to land many strikes to hurt an opponent as his litany of UFC wins shows. Poirier also is a willing grappler compared to Holloway.
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