For the first time since 2016, the UFC heads to Atlanta, Georgia, since 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 moving up to struggle for the 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 match involving Israel”The previous Stylebender” Adesanya (-185) and Kelvin Gastelum (+150). I’ve a breakdown and pick for every single fight on the primary card.
Max Holloway has won 13 straight struggles, 10 of which have been endings.
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
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Max Holloway vs Dustin Poirier
Holloway (-205) is seeking to expand his 13-fight winning streak in his new branch 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, getting in his opponents’ faces and putting on a speed that is unmatched in the UFC. Holloway has incredible hand speed and always peppers his foes with strikes until 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 his last five fights, including 307 against Brian Ortega at UFC 231.
Poirier (+165) has earned his title fight after eight years at the UFC, during which he’s a 16-4-1 record, and is unbeaten in his last five scraps. The Louisiana native was shut to title struggles but would apparently always lose to future challengers. After three straight knockout wins, however, he has set himself in line for the interim lightweight strap.
Much like his counterpart, the Diamond loves to enter crazy, high-octane scraps. The 30-year-old is a very technically sound striker, rarely putting himself in much risk by keeping his shield , and contains good footwork while landing an average of 5.59 significant strikes weekly. Additionally, he does have a wrestling pedigree as well and averages 1.75 takedowns per 15 minutes, but he keeps the fights standing.
It is unfortunate we must wait until the end of the card to watch this potential war but it’ll be worth it. Holloway absorbs strikes but just walks right through the punches and seems totally unfazed while he swarms his foes until they crumble. Meanwhile, Poirier is likely better but I do not know if he is going to be able to produce much space for some breathing room. Poirier beat Holloway in Blessed’s Octagon debut in 2012 by first-round entry. I expect a different result this time around.
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