On Saturday evening, the UFC returns to Atlanta, Georgia for the first time in 3 years with UFC 226, and this time, it’s bringing two title conflicts with it.
In the primary event, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is moving around 155 pounds to challenge for an interim lightweight title against towering rival Dustin Poirier, a man who beat him before at featherweight.
From the co-main occasion, among the UFC’s fastest rising stars, Israel Adesanya, gets his first shot at UFC gold when he chooses The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner, Kelvin Gastelum. It’s two fight-of-the-year contenders from the ATL with two very live underdogs for UFC betting fans to consider, so let’s get into it.
Max Holloway vs. Dustin Tips UFC & Poirier Odds 236
What’s there to say about Max Holloway that has not already been said? At only 27 years old, Holloway is currently making his case for the title of best featherweight of all time with two dominant wins on Jose Aldo in 2017.
Now, Holloway has his sights set on the title of greatest pound-for-pound fighter and is going up to 155 pounds to become only the fourth double winner in UFC history.
Holloway’s game is all about pressure and pace. He sets one of the greatest paces in the featherweight division, casting roughly 15 strikes per minute and hammering competitions under his persistent volume.
Even when a fighter could get the better of him early on, as Aldo did in both of their fights, few are able to remain blow for blow with Holloway since the struggle drags to the third, fourth and fourth rounds.
In most respects, Poirier is similar. “The Diamond” also functions at a high rate, with combination striking. The two differ though is that while Max has power and can hurt opponents, his endings usually come as a result of accumulated damage.
Poirier, by comparison, is one of the single hardest blow-for-blow punchers in the lightweight division. He does not have to land many strikes to harm an opponent as his litany of UFC wins shows. Poirier is a grappler than Holloway.
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