Let’s keep the ball rolling after 5 winners from 6 in the previous UFC tips & preview. We’ve got a stacked card as Holloway takes on Poirier at UFC 236!
- Holloway 20-3-0 (10 by KO/TKO & 2 by submission)
- Poirier 24-5-0 1nc ( 12 by KO/TKO & 7 by submission)
- Holloway def Ortega – Rd 4 TKO
- Poirier def Alvarez – Rd 2 TKO
Analysis: Fight fans are in for a treat as the main event has Max “Blessed” Holloway stepping up to the Lightweight division after dominating the remaining Featherweights who stood before him. With the interim Lightweight belt on the line, the main event is serving up an unbelievable match up between two incredibly well rounded fighters with impressive KO’s on their record.
For Holloway, there was nothing else to prove in the Featherweight division. He’d beaten the greatest Featherweight of all time twice in Jose Aldo and while he never managed to avenge his loss to Conor McGregor in 2013, he’ll get that chance with Dustin Poirier after a loss back in 2012.
On the other hand, Dustin Poirier has managed to amass an outstanding record as he finds himself on a three fight win streak dispatching big names such as Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez.
Poirier will enter the octagon as the $2.81 outsider and rightfully so. Max Holloway has been on another level to the rest of the UFC and his consistency is never in question. There are many ways to skin a cat, and Holloway has proved this time and time again. In his last fight, his cardio was outstanding as he peppered Ortega with a variety of shots and he demonstrated great fight IQ giving Ortega nowhere to go. Although his cardio is usually top notch, it will be interesting to see how he handles the step up in weight.
Holloway is a firm favourite at $1.51, although Poirier will keep coming forward and look for a finish. This shouldn’t be of any consequence as we expect Max Holloway to win the interim Lightweight belt.
- Anders 11-3-0 (7 by KO/TKO & 1 by submission)
- Roundtree 7-3-0 1nc (5 by KO/TKO)
- Gastelum def Souza – Decision
- Adesanya def Silva – Decision
Analysis: The UFC have served up a stacked card with a co-main that could very easily be billed as the top fight. Without doubt, this is the most important fight of both fighters career’s none more so than Kevin Gastelum’s after Robert Whittaker pulled out of their title fight at UFC 234.
Although Adesanya is a firm $1.53 favourite, his weakness is Gastelum’s strength. Coming from a kickboxing background, “The Style Bender” won’t fancy his chances on the ground and will look to keep this fight at a distance utilising his distinct reach advantage with his jab and leg kicks. On the other hand, Gastelum is a former high school wrestling Champion and that is undoubtedly his key to victory.
Expect Adesanya to come away with the victory setting up a mouth watering all Aussie Middleweight affair!
- Anders 11-3-0 (7 by KO/TKO & 1 by submission)
- Rountree 7-3-0 1nc (5 by KO/TKO)
- Anders def by Theodorou – Decision
- Rountree def by Walker – Rd 1 KO
Analysis: Two fighters with massive potential will go head to head with both coming off losses. We can expect plenty of stand up action as both have plenty of power on offer and will no doubt be looking for a KO.
For Anders, the key to victory is to continue to build pressure. He is coming off two close losses and will need to utilise his left hand and rely on his superior cardio to ensure he stays away from Rountree’s bombs.
On the other hand, Rountree will be looking for an early knockout. With five KO’s from seven fights, he has the UFC’s attention and proven himself as someone that can be a handy fighter for future PPV cards due to his explosiveness and athleticism.
On paper, Anders looks to be a more complete fighter although facing off against someone like Rountree means Anders must be at his best to avoid getting knocked out.
- Jouban 16-6-0 (11 by KO/TKO)
- Grant 9-2-0 (7 by KO/TKO)
- Jouban def Saunders – Rd 2 KO
- Grant def Pedersoli Jr. – Rd 1 TKO
Dwight Grant finds himself matched up against a more technically sound fighter with superior ground game. Although Jouban should have him beat in that department, you can expect this fight to play out mostly on their feet.
Jouban will need to be effective in closing the distance to negate Grant’s reach advantage. Although Grant has a size advantage, he will be hunting for a knockout in the later stages and expect him to get the job done!
- Saint Preux 23-12-0 (11 by KO/TKO & 7 by submission)
- Krylov 26-6-0 (10 by KO/TKO & 14 by submission)
- Saint Preux def by Reyes – Decision
- Krylov def by Blachowicz – Rd 2 submission
Analysis: Crowd favourite Ovince Saint Preux will kick off the main card against Ukrainian Nikita “The Miner” Krylov where OSP will enter as the $1.95 outsider.
The pair faced off back in 2014 at UFC 171 with OSP winning via the shoulder choke (Von Flue) for which he has become synonymous with. This time around, things are different with OSP losing two of his last three and is now on the wrong side of 30.
Trading punches with Krylov is unwise for OSP as he holds a distinct advantage on the ground. While Krylov has a sound ground game, OSP should be able to overpower him should it get to the ground and look for a submission.