On Saturday evening, the UFC yields to Atlanta, Georgia for the first time in 3 years with UFC 226, and this time, it is bringing two title conflicts with it.
In the primary event, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is moving around 155 pounds to struggle for an interim lightweight title against towering rival Dustin Poirier, a man who beat him once before at featherweight.
From the co-main occasion, among the UFC’s fastest rising stars, Israel Adesanya, has his first shot in UFC gold when he chooses The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner, Kelvin Gastelum. It has two fight-of-the-year contenders from the ATL with two quite live underdogs for UFC betting fans to consider, so let’s get into it.
Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier Odds & Tips UFC 236
What is there to say about Max Holloway that hasn’t already been said? At just 27 years old, Holloway is already making his case for the title of best featherweight of all time with just two dominant wins on Jose Aldo in 2017.
Now, Holloway has his sights set on the name of greatest pound-for-pound fighter and is moving up to 155 lbs to become only the fourth dual winner in UFC history.
Holloway’s game is all about pressure and pace. He sets one of the highest paces from the featherweight division, throwing about 15 strikes every second and hammering competitions under his persistent volume.
Even if a fighter could find the better of him early on, as Aldo did in both of their battles, few can stay blow for blow with Holloway as the fight drags to the third, fourth and fifth rounds.
In many respects, Poirier is similar. “The Diamond” also functions at a high pace, with mix striking. The two differ though is that while Max has power and can damage opponents, his endings usually come as a result of accumulated damage.
Poirier, by comparison, is one of the single hardest blow-for-blow punchers in the lightweight division. He doesn’t have to land many strikes to harm an opponent as his litany of UFC wins reveals. Poirier also is a grappler than Holloway.
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