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UFC 236 Max Holloway vs Dustin Poirier 2 Fight Pick & Preview

There's been so much drama with the UFC and some it's biggest stars that UFC 236 has flown under the radar a bit.  But, make no mistake about it, this fight is an awesome matchup!  If you like chingasos, if you like tough fighters, if you want to see less outside of the cage drama and more in the cage action, Max Holloway vs Dustin Poirer 2 is a fight you should not miss!  Let's take a closer look at these two MMA fighters and then I'll make my fight pick for UFC 236.  

Max Holloway is coming into this UFC lightweight interim championship fight with an overall MMA record of 20-3.  His 3 losses were early in his career, the last one coming to Conor McGregor way back in 2013.  His first loss was actually to Dustin Poirier in 2012 when Holloway was only 20. 

Since his last loss, back in 2013, Holloway has racked up 13 wins in a row.  He's fought the best in the division, became champion, defended the championship and has done it all in exciting fashion.  He's finished his last 4 fights all via KO/TKO!  And, those fighter aren't just run of the mill MMA fighters, they're MMA legends or on their way to be, Jose Aldo, Brian Ortega, and Anthony Pettis.

Max Holloway is a tough as nails fighter and when things get heated in a fight, he seems to thrive on that heat.  His gas tank seems limitless and the pace he puts on other fighters just breaks them down.  Punches in bunches until someone crumbles and it's been the other guy that crumbles for many years now.  

Dustin Poirer comes into this title shot with an overall MMA record of 24-5 and has racked up 3 finishes in a row, two KO/TKO's and the fight with Anthony Pettis which was ruled a submission but looked to be a broken rib.  

Poirer hovered at the top of the 155 lbs division for a while and has recently looked like his improvement has jumped several notches.  He seems to be putting everything together and peeking at the right time for his career.  

Holloway and Poirer are both great strikers.  Poirer seems to have better wrestling and definitely more submissions.  Poirer also has that win over Holloway via submission.  But in this fight, I doubt we will see much wrestling, so it will come down to the best striker.  

When it comes to striking technique, Poirer looks cleaner and tigher with his combos, but Holloway brings volume and some odd angles.  

Ultimately, this fight is going to be Poirer's experience at the 155 lbs weight class that will get him the win.  They've both fought tough guys, Poirer has just fought those type of guys but heavier and stronger. That experience, that feel of the power and strength is huge when fighters have similar skills.  This is a tough fight for Holloway's first at 155 lbs. 

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UFC 235 Jon Jones vs Anthony Smith Fight Pick & Preview

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The only man to ever beat Jon Jones is Jon Jones.  UFC 235 will be an opportunity for Jones to prove to the world that he will finally get out of his own way and cement his legacy as the MMA GOAT!  Anthony Smith will stand in his way!  Smith comes in with some impressive credentials.  Let's take a closer look at these two fighters and then I'll make my fight pick for UFC 235: Jon Jones vs Anthony Smith.  

Anthony Smith comes into this UFC Light Heavyweight title bout with an overall MMA record of 31-13.  Smith is a finisher!  He has 17 KO/TKO's on his resume and another 11 wins coming the way of submission.  

Anthony Smith is on a three fight winning streak finishing off some high level UFC fighters. Most recently Volkan Oezdemir by rear naked choke.  Previous to that fight he knocked out two MMA legends in Mauricio Rua and Rashad Evans. Now he gets a shot at arguably the greatest of all time!  

Jon Jones is 23-1 overall.  That one smudge was actually a DQ because he almost killed Matt Hamill with a downward elbow.  He also has a win over Daniel Cormier on his record that was overturned and officially put on his record as a No Contest.  As I mentioned in the intro, Jon Jones is the only man to have beaten Jon Jones.  

Jones has a full MMA toolbox and the athleticism to effectuate every and any tool in it.  He's finished 69% of his fights (officially).  He has 10 KO/TKO's and 6 submissions.  And, all that versus top level competition.  If he's not the GOAT, Daniel Cormier is, and he's beat DC twice!!  

Jon Jones was scary good when he was cruising through the division.  Now he seems like a man on a mission to cement his legacy.  That motivation makes him even scarier.  But, Anthony Smith has a lot going for him and fear in not one of those things.  Smith has a lot of experience, momentum and a strong belief in his abilities.  

So what the bottom line?  Well...this fight all comes down to the X factor, and Jon Jones has had that since the beginning.  He just finds a way to win, even when he loses!  

Smith is tough, highly skilled and well rounded, but look for Jones to be better at everything.  Jones will pick Smith apart and eventually test that chin.  That chin might be Smith's biggest weak spot as he was KO'ed four fights ago.  Jones will walk out of that cage with another W and looking for his next victim.  

Who do you think will win at UFC 235? 

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Two belts are on the line as UFC champion Jon Jones faces up and comer Anthony Smith. Plus, welterweight king Tyron Woodley takes on the Nigerian Nightmare, Kamaru Usman. See these athletes prepare for their showdowns at UFC 235.

UFC 234 Robert Whittaker vs. Kevin Gastelum Fight Pick & Preview

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The main event at UFC 234 will feature two of the best strikers in MMA, Robert Whittaker vs Kevin Gastelum.  Whittaker is coming off two absolute wars with Yoel Romero and Gastelum has recently taken out to legends in Ronaldo Souza and Michael Bisping.  If you like chingasos, this one should not disappoint! Let's take a closer look at these to MMA fighters and then I'll make my fight pick for UFC 234: Robert Whittaker vs Kevin Gastelum. 

Kevin Gastelum is coming into UFC 234 with an overall MMA record of 15-3.  Gastelum has finished off 67% of his fights, 6 coming via the way of KO/TKO and four via submission.  

The Ultimate Fighter reality show put Gastelum on the map and his consistent winning ability has given him the opportunity at the UFC middleweight championship.  Gastelum has a great grappling base and his striking has only gotten better and better.  

Robert Whittaker comes into this UFC title defense with an overall MMA record of 20-4.  Whittaker hasn't lost a UFC fight since 2014 where he lost via TKO to Stephen Thompson. Since then he's come back stronger and has rattled off 9 big wins in a row! 

Whittaker has some of the best striking skills in MMA.  His ground game is solid but since he likes to stand he hasn't needed to show much of it.  His takedown defense is top notch as he showed in the Yoel Romero fights.  If Whittaker wants to stand and bang, Whitaker will stand and bang! 

Look for this fight to come down to precision striking.  And, unfortunately for Kevin Gastelum, Whittaker is the more technical, striker!  Gastelum is a tough fighter, but precision striking will be the key in this fight.  Look for Whittaker to pepper his way into another UFC title defense!  

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Australian Robert Whittaker puts his belt on the line against fellow TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum. Plus, Anderson Silva faces Israel Adesanya in a bout that will see these two masters of style square off. Watch these athletes train and prepare for their fights at UFC 234.