On Saturday evening, the UFC yields to Atlanta, Georgia for the first time in three years with UFC 226, and this time, it’s bringing two title fights with it.
At the main event, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is moving around 155 pounds to struggle for an interim lightweight title against surging contender Dustin Poirier, a man 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 takes on 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 betting fans to think about, so let’s get into it.
Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier Odds & Tips UFC 236
What is there to say about Max Holloway that has not already been said? 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 title of best pound-for-pound fighter and is moving up to 155 lbs to become only the fourth dual winner in UFC history.
Holloway’s sport is all about pace and pressure. He places among the greatest paces from the featherweight division, casting roughly 15 strikes per minute and hammering competitions under his relentless volume.
Even when a fighter can get the better of him early on, as Aldo did in both of the battles, few are able to remain blow for blow with Holloway since the struggle drags to the third, fourth and fourth rounds.
In most respects, Poirier is similar. « The Diamond » also functions at a high pace, 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 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 grappler compared to Holloway.
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