For the first time since 2016, the UFC heads to Atlanta, Georgia, since the Octagon will be set up in State Farm Arena for UFC 236: Holloway vs Poirier II.
The featherweight champion, Max”Blessed” Holloway, is going up to struggle for its interim lightweight name and is a -205 favorite. Meanwhile, Dustin”The Diamond” Poirier beat Holloway at 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’ve a breakdown and pick for each fight on the primary card.
Max Holloway has won 13 straight fights, 10 of which were finishes.
Dustin Poirier is 8-1-1 in his last 10 fights, 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 division as he moves upward from featherweight to lightweight. During the series, 10 fights were endings, nine by knockout and one by entry. Overall, the Hawaii native has a record of 20-3 with 10 wins coming by knockout.
The 27-year-old is that the definition of a brawler, becoming in his opponents’ faces and placing on a speed that’s unmatched at the UFC. Holloway has incredible hand speed and always peppers his foes with strikes till they wilt under his pressure. Blessed averages 6.9 significant strikes per minute and has landed 100 or even more significant strikes in four of the 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’s a 16-4-1 record, and is unbeaten in his last five scraps. The Louisiana native has been close to name fights previously but would seemingly always lose to prospective challengers. After three straight knockout wins, even however, he’s put himself in line for the interim lightweight strap.
Much like his counterpart, the Diamond enjoys to enter crazy, high-octane scraps. The 30-year-old is a really technically solid striker, rarely placing himself in much risk by keeping his guard , and has great footwork when landing an average of 5.59 considerable strikes weekly. Additionally, he does have a wrestling pedigree as well and averages 1.75 takedowns a 15 minutes, but he keeps the conflicts standing.
It is unfortunate we have to wait until the conclusion of the card watch this potential war but it is going to be worth it. Holloway absorbs strikes but just walks right through the cries and seems totally unfazed while he swarms his foes until they crumble. Meanwhile, Poirier is likely better technically but I do not know if he is going to have the ability to produce much distance for some living space. Poirier conquer Holloway in Blessed’s Octagon debut in 2012 by first-round entry. I expect a different result this time around.
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