UFC 236 Occurs in the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday night.
The main event features present featherweight champion Max Holloway taking on Dustin Poirier for the UFC interim lightweight tournament. The winner of the struggle will in all likelihood proceed to confront Khabib Nurmagomedov, current lightweight winner.
The final time Max Holloway failed to receive his hands increased was back in April 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26 where he dropped a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor. Since then Holloway has won consecutive fights. His most recent success was a stoppage against Brian Ortega in UFC 231. Before the Ortega fight, Holloway completed all-time featherweight great Jose Aldo in back-to-back bouts. First at UFC 212 and again at UFC 218. Both ends came in the third round. At twenty-seven years old, Holloway makes the walk for the moment. The born fighter has twelve wins through stoppage to go along with eight by decision.
Dustin Poirier is 4-0 over his last five fights with a no-contest because of an accidental knee into the head of a grounded fighter against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 211. But, Poirier won the rematch against Alvarez in his latest fight in UFC on FOX 30. His few victories include Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje and Alvarez. All three finished within 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 then”The Diamond” is 8-1-1. The thirty-year-old is likely to make the walk for the thirtieth time on Saturday night. Nineteen of his twenty five career wins finished inside the distance.
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 after the UFC middleweight champion is about to come back from injury. Gastelum was set to face Whittaker for the name at UFC 234 but the winner was forced to pull out mere hours before the fight due to an abdominal hernia that required emergency operation.
Since getting subbed by Chris Weidman at 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 in UFC 224. The twenty-seven-year-old boasts ten endings in career successes.
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