On Saturday evening, the UFC yields to Atlanta, Georgia for the first time in 3 years with UFC 226, and this time, it’s bringing two title conflicts with it.
At the main event, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is moving up to 155 pounds to struggle for an interim lightweight title against towering rival Dustin Poirier, a guy who beat him once before at featherweight.
In the co-main occasion, one of the UFC’s fastest rising stars, Israel Adesanya, gets his first shot at UFC gold when he chooses The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner, Kelvin Gastelum. It has two fight-of-the-year contenders in the ATL with two quite live underdogs for UFC gaming lovers to think about, so let’s get to it.
Max Holloway vs. Dustin Tips UFC & Poirier Odds 236
What is there to say? At only 27 years old, Holloway is currently making his case for the title of best featherweight of all time together with two dominant wins over Jose Aldo in 2017.
Now, Holloway has his sights set on the name of greatest pound-for-pound fighter and is moving around 155 pounds to become only the fourth dual winner in UFC history.
Holloway’s game is all about pace and pressure. He sets one of the highest paces in the featherweight division, casting roughly 15 strikes every second and hammering opponents under his persistent volume.
Even when a fighter can find the better of him early on, as Aldo failed in both of their fights, few can remain blow for blow with Holloway as the fight drags into the third, fourth and fifth rounds.
In most respects, Poirier is comparable. “The Diamond” also works at a high pace, with mix striking. The two differ though is that while Max has electricity and can damage opponents, his finishes usually come as a result of injury.
Poirier, in contrast, is one of the single hardest blow-for-blow punchers in the lightweight division. He does not have to land many strikes to hurt an opponent as his litany of UFC wins reveals. Poirier also is a grappler compared to Holloway.
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