UFC 236 takes place in the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday.
The main event features current featherweight champion Max Holloway carrying on Dustin Poirier for the UFC interim lightweight championship. The winner of the struggle will in all probability move on to face lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The last time Max Holloway failed to get his hands increased was back in April 2013 in UFC Fight Night 26 where he dropped a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor. Ever since that time two consecutive fights have been won by Holloway. His most recent victory was a stoppage against Brian Ortega in UFC 231. Before this Ortega fight, Holloway completed all-time featherweight great Jose Aldo in back-to-back bouts. First at UFC 212 and at UFC 218. Both finishes came in the next round. At twenty-seven decades old, Holloway creates the walk for the twenty-fourth moment. The born fighter has twelve wins through stoppage to go along with eight.
Dustin Poirier is 4-0 over his last five fights with a no-contest due to an accidental knee into the head of a grounded fighter against Eddie Alvarez in UFC 211. However, Poirier won the rematch against Alvarez in his latest fight at UFC on FOX 30. His past three victories include Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje and Alvarez. All three ended inside the space. Like Holloway, Poirier has also suffered a loss at the hands of Conor McGregor. Poirier’s loss 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 finished within the distance.
The co-main occurs at the middleweight division where Kelvin Gastelum squares off from Israel Adesanya for the UFC interim championship championship. The winner will face Robert Whittaker after the UFC middleweight champion is ready to come back from injury. Gastelum was set to face Whittaker for the title at UFC 234 but the champion was forced to pull out mere hours before the fight due to an abdominal hernia that required emergency operation.
Since getting subbed from Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25 Gastelum has won his last two fights. He beat Michael Bisping via knockout at UFC Fight Night 122 and then won a split decision against Ronaldo Souza in UFC 224. The twenty-seven-year-old boasts ten finishes in fifteen career victories.
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