UFC 236: Holloway vs Poirier II Odds and Picks
For the first time since 2016, the UFC heads to Atlanta, Georgia, since the Octagon will Soon Be set up in State Farm Arena for UFC 236: Holloway vs Poirier II.
The featherweight champion, Max”Blessed” Holloway, is moving up to fight for its interim lightweight title and can be a -205 favourite. Meanwhile, Dustin”The Diamond” Poirier conquer Holloway in 2012 but is a +165 underdog.
Also on this particular card is an interim middleweight title match between Israel”The Last Stylebender” Adesanya (-185) and Kelvin Gastelum (+150). I’ve a breakdown and select for each fight on the primary card.
Max Holloway has won 13 straight fights, 10 of which were finishes.
Dustin Poirier is 8-1-1 in his last 10 fights, together with six wins by knockout.
Max Holloway averages 6.9 significant strikes per minute.
Holloway vs Poirier II Fight Center
Scott Hastings’ 2019 Prediction Record To Date
Straight Up Picking Favorites Picking Underdogs
34-23 32-17 2-6
Max Holloway vs Dustin Poirier
Holloway (-205) is seeking to extend his 13-fight winning streak in his new division as he moves upward from featherweight to lightweight. During the streak, 10 fights were endings, nine by knockout and one by submission. Overall, the Hawaii native has a record of 20-3 with 10 wins coming by knockout.
The 27-year-old is that the definition of a brawler, becoming in his opponents’ faces and putting on a pace that’s unmatched in the UFC. Holloway has incredible hand speed and always peppers his foes with strikes until they wilt under his pressure. Blessed averages 6.9 significant strikes per minute and has landed 100 or even more substantial strikes in four of his last five fights, such as 307 against Brian Ortega at UFC 231.
Poirier (+165) has finally earned his title fight after eight decades in the UFC, where he has a 16-4-1 record, and is unbeaten in his last five bits. The Louisiana native has been shut to name struggles but would apparently always lose to prospective challengers. After three straight knockout wins, however, he has set himself in line for the interim lightweight strap.
Much like his counterpart, the Diamond enjoys to enter wild, high-octane scraps. The 30-year-old is a really technically solid striker, rarely placing himself in much danger by keeping his guard , and contains good footwork when landing an average of 5.59 significant strikes per minute. Additionally, he does possess a wrestling pedigree as well and averages 1.75 takedowns a 15 minutes, but he keeps the conflicts standing.
It’s unfortunate we must wait until the end of the card to watch this possible war but it’ll be worth it. Holloway absorbs strikes but just walks right through the punches and seems completely unfazed while he swarms his foes till they crumble. Meanwhile, Poirier is likely better but I don’t know if he is going to be able to produce much space for some living space. Poirier beat Holloway in Blessed’s Octagon debut in 2012 by first-round submission. I expect a different result this time around.