UFC 236 takes place in the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday night.
The main event features current featherweight champion Max Holloway carrying on Dustin Poirier for your UFC interim lightweight championship. The winner of this fight will in all likelihood move on to confront Khabib Nurmagomedov, lightweight champion.
The last time Max Holloway failed to receive his hand increased was back in April 2013 in UFC Fight Night 26 where he dropped a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor. Since then thirteen fights have been won by Holloway. His latest victory was a stoppage against Brian Ortega at UFC 231. Prior to this Ortega fight, Holloway completed all-time featherweight great Jose Aldo in back-to-back bouts. At UFC 212 and at UFC 218. Both finishes came in the third round. At twenty-seven decades of age, Holloway creates the walk to the twenty-fourth time. The born fighter has twelve wins via stoppage to go by decision 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. But, Poirier won the rematch from Alvarez in his most recent fight at UFC on FOX 30. His three victories include Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje and Alvarez. All three ended inside the distance. Like Holloway, Poirier has also suffered a loss at the hands of Conor McGregor. Poirier’s loss proved to be 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 will make the walk for the thirtieth time on Saturday night. Nineteen of his twenty five career wins ended inside the space.
The co-main occurs in the middleweight division where Kelvin Gastelum squares off against Israel Adesanya for its UFC interim middleweight 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 forced to pull out only hours before the fight because of an abdominal hernia that required emergency operation.
Since getting subbed from Chris Weidman in UFC on FOX 25 Gastelum has won his last 2 fights. He beat Michael Bisping via knockout at UFC Fight Night 122 and then won a split decision against Ronaldo Souza at UFC 224. The twenty-seven-year-old boasts ten endings in fifteen career victories.
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