UFC 236 PREVIEW & PREDICTIONS 4/13: Grocke’s updated odds & predictions for every fight
UFC 236 takes place 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 this struggle will in all likelihood move on to face current lightweight winner, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The last time Max Holloway failed to get his hand increased was back in April 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26 at which he dropped a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor. Ever since that time consecutive fights have been won by Holloway. His latest victory was a fourth-round stoppage against Brian Ortega at UFC 231. Prior to the Ortega fight, Holloway finished all-time featherweight great Jose Aldo in back-to-back bouts. First at UFC 212 and at UFC 218. Both finishes came in the next round. At twenty-seven years of age, Holloway makes the walk to the moment. The born fighter has twelve wins via stoppage to go along with eight.
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 in UFC 211. But, Poirier won the rematch against Alvarez in his latest fight at UFC on FOX 30. His few victories include Justin Gaethje, Alvarez and Anthony Pettis. All three finished within the distance. Like Holloway, Poirier has also suffered a loss at the hands of Conor McGregor. The loss of poirier was a knockout back in September of 2014 in UFC 178. Since then”The Diamond” is 8-1-1. The thirty-year-old is likely to make the walk to the thirtieth time on Saturday night. Nineteen of his career wins ended within the distance.
The co-main takes place at the middleweight division where Kelvin Gastelum squares off against Israel Adesanya for its UFC interim championship 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 title at UFC 234 however, the winner was made to pull out mere 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 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 victories.