For the first time since 2016, the UFC heads to Atlanta, Georgia, since the Octagon will be set up at State Farm Arena for UFC 236: Holloway vs Poirier II.
The featherweight champion, Max”Blessed” Holloway, is moving up to struggle for its interim lightweight title and can be a -205 favorite. Meanwhile, Dustin”The Diamond” Poirier beat Holloway in 2012 but is a +165 underdog.
Also on this particular card is an interim middleweight title game involving Israel”The Last Stylebender” Adesanya (-185) and Kelvin Gastelum (+150). I’ve a breakdown and select for each fight on the main card.
Max Holloway has won 13 straight fights, 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 extend his 13-fight winning streak in his new division as he moves up from featherweight to lightweight. During the series, 10 struggles were finishes, nine by knockout and one by entry. All in all, the Hawaii native has a record of 20-3 with 10 wins coming by knockout.
The 27-year-old is the definition of a brawler, becoming in his opponents’ faces and placing on a speed that is unmatched in the UFC. Holloway has incredible hand speed and always peppers his foes with strikes till they wilt under his stress. Blessed averages 6.9 significant strikes per minute, and it has landed 100 or even more significant strikes in four of the last five fights, including 307 from Brian Ortega in UFC 231.
Poirier (+165) has earned his title fight after eight decades at the UFC, where he has a 16-4-1 record, and is unbeaten in his last five scraps. The Louisiana native has been shut to title fights previously but would apparently always lose to prospective challengers. After three straight knockout wins, however, he’s put himself in line for the interim lightweight strap.
Much like his counterpart, the Diamond enjoys to get into crazy, high-octane scraps. The 30-year-old is a really technically sound striker, rarely placing himself in much risk by keeping his shield , and contains great footwork when landing an average of 5.59 significant strikes per minute. In addition, he does possess a wrestling pedigree as well and averages 1.75 takedowns per 15 minutes, but typically he retains the conflicts standing.
It is unfortunate we must wait until the conclusion of the card to watch this potential war but it’ll be well worth it. Holloway absorbs strikes but only walks right through the punches and seems completely unfazed while he swarms his foes until they crumble. Meanwhile, Poirier is likely better but I don’t know if he is going to have the ability 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.