UFC 236 Occurs in the State Farm Arena at Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday night.
The main event features present featherweight champion Max Holloway taking on Dustin Poirier for the UFC interim lightweight championship. The winner of this fight will in all likelihood move on to confront Khabib Nurmagomedov, current lightweight champion.
The last time Max Holloway failed to get his hand increased was back in April 2013 in UFC Fight Night 26 at which he dropped a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor. Since then Holloway has won two fights. His most recent victory was a stoppage from Brian Ortega in UFC 231. Before the Ortega fight, Holloway finished all-time featherweight great Jose Aldo in back-to-back bouts. First at UFC 212 and again at UFC 218. Both finishes came in the next round. At twenty-seven decades of age, Holloway creates the walk to the twenty-fourth time. 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 to the head of a grounded fighter against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 211. But, Poirier won the rematch from Alvarez in his most recent fight in UFC on FOX 30. His few victories include Justin Gaethje Alvarez and Anthony Pettis. All three finished 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 then”The Diamond” is 8-1-1. The thirty-year-old will produce 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 its UFC interim championship championship. The winner will face Robert Whittaker after the UFC middleweight champion is about to come back from injury. Gastelum was set to confront Whittaker for the name at UFC 234 however, the winner was made to pull out mere hours before the fight because of an abdominal hernia that required emergency surgery.
Since getting subbed from Chris Weidman in 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 endings in career successes that are fifteen.
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