For the first time since 2016, the UFC heads to Atlanta, Georgia, since the Octagon will 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 favorite. Meanwhile, Dustin”The Diamond” Poirier beat Holloway at 2012 but is a +165 underdog.
Also on this card is an interim middleweight title match between 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 were 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 looking to extend his 13-fight winning series in his new branch as he moves up from featherweight to lightweight. During the series, 10 fights were finishes, nine by knockout and one by entry. Overall, the Hawaii native has a list 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 placing on a speed that’s unmatched at the UFC. Holloway has incredible hand speed and continuously peppers his foes with strikes till they wilt under his stress. Blessed averages 6.9 significant strikes per minute, and it has landed 100 or more significant strikes in four of the last five fights, such as 307 against Brian Ortega in UFC 231.
Poirier (+165) has earned his title fight after eight years in the UFC, where he’s a 16-4-1 record, and is unbeaten in his last five scraps. The Louisiana native has been close to title fights previously but would seemingly always lose to prospective challengers. Following three straight knockout wins, however, he has put himself in line for the interim lightweight strap.
Much like his counterpart, the Diamond enjoys to get into wild, high-octane scraps. The 30-year-old is a really technically solid striker, rarely putting himself in much risk by keeping his guard high, and contains good footwork while landing an average of 5.59 considerable strikes per minute. Additionally, he does have a wrestling pedigree as well and averages 1.75 takedowns per 15 minutes, but typically he keeps the conflicts standing.
It’s unfortunate we must wait until the end of the card watch this possible war but it is going to be well worth it. Holloway absorbs strikes but just walks right through the punches and looks totally unfazed while he swarms his foes till they crumble. Meanwhile, Poirier is probably better technically but I do not know if he will be able to create much distance for some living space. 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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