The UFC will be making its return to Atlanta this Saturday
with an action-packed event that sees two interim titles up for grabs. Current
reigning and defending featherweight champion Max “Blessed’ Holloway moves up a
weight class to challenge Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier in a rematch more than
seven years in the making for the interim lightweight championship in the main
Holloway (20-3) is considered by many to be the best featherweight of all time, and it’s hard to argue. Holloway is currently riding a 13-fight win streak, the longest active UFC streak right now. Holloway’s debut was against none other than Poirier at UFC 143 and he lost by first-round submission.
Holloway is an amazing fighter with insane pressure and striking volume. He brutalized Brian Ortega at UFC 231 in December to the point the doctor had to stop the fight. Holloway doesn’t waste his energy throwing power punches, instead he throws an insane amount of punches over and over and picks you apart until you quit. Do not be surprised if Holloway can pull off this win.
Dustin Poirier (24-5-1) is currently ranked No. 3 in the lightweight division and is finally getting his chance at the belt. He defeated Anthony Pettis by third-round TKO in Nov. 2017, then TKO’ed Justin Gaethje in the fourth round in a fight-of-the-year candidate in April 2018, and most recently tko’ed Eddie Alvarez in the second round in July 2018, all are former champions.
Poirier has been very impressive returning to the lightweight division in 2015. Poirier is very accurate with his shots, whenever he hurts his opponents, he takes his time and picks his shots very carefully until he’s able to put them down.
Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya (16-0) looks to add a UFC belt to his already impressive resume when he takes on The Ultimate Fighter season 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum (15-3-1) for the interim middleweight championship in the co-main event.
Adesanya, currently ranked No. 5, was last seen defeating arguably the greatest of all time -Anderson Silvia - in the main event of UFC 234 in February. Adesanya burst onto the scene at UFC 221 last February and is currently 5-0 in the UFC. Adesanya’s kickboxing allows him to use to his range and keep his opponents at distance for him to pick them apart.
Gastelum, currently ranked #4, has had a successful run since returning to the middleweight division in Dec. 2016. He’s currently 3-1 since returning to the division and will be looking to use his speed and power to make it a quick night.
Saturday night will be a spectacular night of fights, and I’m picking Poirier and Adesanya to have gold belts wrapped around their waists. Watch all of the amazing fights this Saturday on ESPN+ and on PPV!