UFC 236 takes place in the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday.
The main event features current featherweight champion Max Holloway taking on Dustin Poirier for the UFC interim lightweight championship. The winner of the fight will in all probability proceed to confront current champion.
The final time Max Holloway failed to receive his hands increased was back in April 2013 in UFC Fight Night 26 at which he dropped a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor. Ever since then Holloway has won consecutive fights. His most recent success was a stoppage against Brian Ortega at UFC 231. Prior to this 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 third round. At twenty-seven years of age, Holloway makes the walk for the twenty-fourth time. The born fighter has twelve wins via stoppage to go by choice 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. However, Poirier won the rematch against Alvarez in his most recent fight at UFC on FOX 30. His last three victories include Justin Gaethje, Alvarez and Anthony Pettis. All three finished within 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 in UFC 178. Since that time”The Diamond” is 8-1-1. The thirty-year-old will make the walk to the thirtieth time on Saturday night. Nineteen of his career wins finished inside the space.
The co-main occurs in the middleweight division where Kelvin Gastelum squares off from Israel Adesanya for the UFC interim middleweight championship. The winner will face Robert Whittaker once the UFC middleweight champion is ready to come back from injury. Gastelum was set to confront Whittaker for the title at UFC 234 however, the champion was forced to pull out mere hours before the fight due to an abdominal hernia which required emergency surgery.
Since getting subbed by 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 at UFC 224. The twenty-seven-year-old boasts ten finishes in career successes that are fifteen.
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