This Saturday night the UFC’s octagon will return to our televisions and for fans lucky enough inside the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia for UFC 236.
There are two similar narratives going into this event, two UFC interim titles are on the line, two battled of redemption and a guaranteed title shot at the champion. Current UFC Featherweight champion Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway (20-3) and top Lightweight contender Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier (24-5-1) will battle it out for a shot at champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s 155-pound gold. While in the co-main event Kelvin Gastelum (15-3-1) will take on ‘The Last Style Bender’ Israel Adesanya (16-0) to see who will challenge Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker for his crown.
The Hawaiian-Holloway, looks to extend his unbeaten streak to 13-0 as well as avenge his loss to his opponent, and a man he knows very well. Dustin Poirier is currently on a five-fight win streak and is unbeaten in three years from his move to the 155-pound division. Both men fought back in February 2012, the experienced veteran Poirier welcoming the younger Holloway on his UFC debut and ultimately getting his hand raised on the night.
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For Poirier the question is can he finally kick down the door and overcome the immense list of challengers he has had to face and finally get a title shot? Well, The New Orleans-native has defeated former UFC Lightweight champions Eddie Alvarez, Anthony Pettis and WSOF Lightweight champion Justin Gaethje on his path to championship gold.
However, Max Holloway will look to halt this progression, continue his 13-fight win streak and book his matchup with current Lightweight champ Khabib to unify the belts, to then become a two division world champion. ‘Blessed’ Holloway and Khabib were expected to fight at UFC 223, but Holloway couldn’t make the weight on a short notice fight.
For Kelvin Gastelum he will be on a road to redemption. The 10th Planet fighter was next in line for the 185-pound champion Robert Whittaker until Robert withdrew from their scheduled bout due to injury at UFC 234. The former Ultimate Fighter series 17 winner Gastelum will face a new, up and coming talent which will provide another road to drive through before getting that title shot.
A former Kickboxing champion, Adesanya made the jump into MMA in 2012 going 11-0 before the UFC came calling in 2018. The New Zealander has fought five times in just under two years with the UFC, and has an unlimited amount of ammo for opponents to defend. In his last fight the southpaw defeated legend of the sport Anderson Silva in February of this year, and looks to continue down his destructive demolition of contenders.
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