For the first time since 2016, the UFC heads to Atlanta, Georgia, as the Octagon will Soon 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 title and can be a -205 favourite. Meanwhile, Dustin”The Diamond” Poirier beat Holloway at 2012 but is a +165 underdog.
Also on this card is an interim middleweight title game between Israel”The Last 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 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 Selecting Notifications 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 struggles were finishes, 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 the definition of a brawler, getting in his opponents’ faces and placing on a speed that is unmatched at the UFC. Holloway has incredible hand speed and continuously 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 his last five fights, including 307 from Brian Ortega at UFC 231.
Poirier (+165) has earned his title fight after eight decades at the UFC, where he’s a 16-4-1 record, and is unbeaten in his last five scraps. The Louisiana native was close to title fights previously but would seemingly always lose to prospective challengers. After three straight knockout wins, though, he’s set himself in line for the interim lightweight strap.
Much like his counterpart, the Diamond loves to get into wild, high-octane scraps. The 30-year-old is a very technically sound striker, rarely putting himself in much risk by keeping his shield high, and contains great footwork when landing an average of 5.59 considerable strikes per minute. In addition, he does have a wrestling pedigree as well and averages 1.75 takedowns a 15 minutes, but typically he retains the fights standing.
It’s unfortunate we have to wait until the end of the card watch this possible war but it’ll be worth it. Holloway absorbs strikes but only walks right through the cries and seems completely unfazed while he swarms his foes till they crumble. Meanwhile, Poirier is probably better technically but I don’t know if he is going to have the ability to produce much space for some breathing room. Poirier beat Holloway in Blessed’s Octagon debut in 2012 by first-round submission. I expect a different result this time around.