UFC 236 takes place in the State Farm Arena at Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday.
The main event features current featherweight champion Max Holloway carrying on Dustin Poirier for the UFC interim lightweight championship. The winner of the fight will in all likelihood proceed to face current champion.
The final time Max Holloway failed to receive his hand increased was back in April 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26 where he dropped a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor. Ever since then consecutive fights have been won by Holloway. His latest victory was a fourth-round stoppage against Brian Ortega in UFC 231. Prior to the Ortega fight, Holloway completed all-time featherweight great Jose Aldo in back-to-back bouts. At UFC 212 and at UFC 218. Both ends came in the third round. At twenty-seven decades of age, Holloway makes the walk to the moment. The born fighter has twelve wins via stoppage to go along with eight by choice.
Dustin Poirier is 4-0 over his last five fights with a no-contest because of an accidental knee to the head of a grounded fighter against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 211. However, Poirier won the rematch against Alvarez in his latest fight at UFC on FOX 30. His last three 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. The loss of poirier 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 will produce the walk for the thirtieth time on Saturday night. Nineteen of his twenty five career wins ended within the space.
The co-main takes place at 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 return from injury. Gastelum was set to confront Whittaker for the name at UFC 234 however, the champion was made to pull out only hours before the fight because of an abdominal hernia that required emergency operation.
Since obtaining subbed by 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 in UFC 224. The twenty-seven-year-old boasts ten endings in career victories that are fifteen.
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