UFC 236 takes place in the State Farm Arena at Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday.
The main event features present featherweight champion Max Holloway carrying on Dustin Poirier for the UFC interim lightweight tournament. The winner of the fight will in all likelihood move on to face Khabib Nurmagomedov, current winner.
The last time Max Holloway failed to receive his hands raised was back in April 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26 at which he dropped a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor. Since that time Holloway has won two consecutive fights. His most recent success was a fourth-round stoppage from Brian Ortega at UFC 231. Prior to the Ortega fight, Holloway finished all-time featherweight great Jose Aldo in back-to-back bouts. First at UFC 212 and again at UFC 218. Both ends came in the next round. At twenty-seven years of age, Holloway makes the walk for the twenty-fourth moment. The born fighter has twelve wins via stoppage to go by decision along with eight.
Dustin Poirier is 4-0 over his last five fights with a no-contest because of an accidental knee into the head of a grounded fighter against Eddie Alvarez in UFC 211. But, Poirier won the rematch against Alvarez in his most recent fight at UFC on FOX 30. His three victories include Alvarez, Justin Gaethje and Anthony Pettis. All three ended inside the space. Like Holloway, Poirier has also suffered a loss at the hands of Conor McGregor. The loss of poirier was a first-round knockout back in September of 2014 at UFC 178. Since that time”The Diamond” is 8-1-1. The thirty-year-old is likely to make the walk to the thirtieth time on Saturday night. Nineteen of his career wins ended inside the distance.
The co-main occurs at the middleweight division where Kelvin Gastelum squares off from Israel Adesanya for its UFC interim championship championship. The winner will face Robert Whittaker once the UFC middleweight champion is ready to return from injury. Gastelum was set to face Whittaker for the name at UFC 234 but the winner was made to pull out mere hours before the fight due to an abdominal hernia that required emergency surgery.
Since obtaining subbed from Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25 Gastelum has won his last 2 fights. He beat Michael Bisping via knockout at UFC Fight Night 122 and then won a split decision against Ronaldo Souza at UFC 224. The twenty-seven-year-old boasts ten finishes in career victories.
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