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UFC 236 PREVIEW & PREDICTIONS 4/13: Grocke’s updated odds & predictions for every fight

UFC 236 takes place at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday night.

The main event features current featherweight champion Max Holloway taking on Dustin Poirier for the UFC interim lightweight tournament. The winner of the fight will in all probability move on to confront current champion.
The last time Max Holloway failed to get his hand raised was back in April 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26 where he dropped a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor. Since that time two consecutive fights have been won by Holloway. His latest victory was a fourth-round stoppage against Brian Ortega in UFC 231. Prior to the Ortega fight, Holloway finished all-time featherweight great Jose Aldo in back-to-back bouts. At UFC 212 and again at UFC 218. Both finishes came in the next round. At twenty-seven years old, Holloway creates the walk to the twenty-fourth moment. The born fighter has twelve wins through stoppage to go by decision along with eight.
Dustin Poirier is 4-0 over his last five fights with a no-contest because of an accidental knee into the head of a grounded fighter against Eddie Alvarez in UFC 211. However, Poirier won the rematch from Alvarez in his latest fight at UFC on FOX 30. His past three victories include Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje and Alvarez. All three ended within the distance. Like Holloway, Poirier has also suffered a loss at the hands of Conor McGregor. Poirier’s loss proved to be a first-round knockout back in September of 2014 at UFC 178. Since that time”The Diamond” is 8-1-1. The thirty-year-old is likely to produce the walk for the thirtieth time on Saturday night. Nineteen of his career wins ended within the space.
The co-main occurs in the middleweight division where Kelvin Gastelum squares off against Israel Adesanya for the UFC interim championship championship. The winner will face Robert Whittaker once the UFC middleweight champion is about to return from injury. Gastelum was set to face Whittaker for the name at UFC 234 however, the winner was made to pull out mere hours before the fight due to an abdominal hernia which required emergency surgery.
Since getting subbed from Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25 Gastelum has won his last 2 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 endings in career victories that are fifteen.

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