Poirier Wins on Decision and Adesanya's Winning Streak Continues
UFC fans visiting State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on April 13th, saw two interim championships Max Holloway, interim lightweight champions (main event) and Israel Adesanya, interim middleweight champion (co-main event). Max “Blessed” Holloway vs Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier fight didn't go the way bookies predicted. Holloway was a favorite to become a two-division champ. Unstoppable Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya proved once again that he is the force be reckoned with. UFC 236 was a night that many will remember as one of the most tactical nights with only one submission and four wins by decision. UFC 236 was a joy to watch for those combat sports fans that enjoy hard fought battles rather than first-round KOs.
Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier Beats Max “Blessed” Holloway Again
It's been over seven years since Poirier faced Holloway in UFC 143. Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier was favorite to beat Max “Blessed” Holloway and he did in the second round by submission.
Now, seven years later the roles have changed. Max “Blessed” Holloway, the interim lightweight champion was bookies favorite. However, being the underdog didn't seem to prevent Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier from beating Holloway once again and I mean beating! Holloway was bleeding like a pig in a slaughterhouse. All credit to Holloway, though, unlike in their first face up Holloway's desire to beat Poirier lasted until the fifth round of the fight. This was a real hard fought battle by both fighters. If it wasn't for all the blood and looking at the stats only some may even argue that Holloway was supposed to win by decision.
Will the UFC world see another fight between these two well-rounded fighters or is this Max Holloway's tweet shutting the door behind Poirier Holloway rivalry?
Life is chutes and ladders. Sometimes we gotta take that slide down to get to the next big ladder. It is what it is. We keep playing. We keep fighting. Congrats to Dustin and Jolie. They should've already had a belt. Diamonds are forever pic.twitter.com/9IKYoZAg1P
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) April 14, 2019
Kelvin Gastelum unable to stop Israel Adesanya
Kelvin Gastelum has joined a list of UFC fighters that fall to defeat in-form Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya. One of the hottest UFC commodity Israel Adesanya fought Anderson "Spider" Silva in UFC 234 in February. Adesanya, interim middleweight champion had very little time to prepare for a UFC 236 fight with Kelin Gastelum, since the two fights were less than 2 months apart. It is very rare to have multiple fights in such a short timeframe. Especially if those fights are at the UFC level.
Adesanya was favorite to win the fight by many. Adesanya 6'3" with a winning streak record 16-0-0, impressive reach 80" and excellent ground technique proved to be deadly for the underdog Gastelum. Kelvin Gastelum similarly to Anderson "Spider" Silva managed to survive 5 rounds with Adesanya. Kelvin Gastelum 5'9" with reach only 71" knew that he will have a difficult fight ahead of him. Gastelum put up a great fight. He tried to get close to Adesanya whenever he could to minimize the reach difference, however, he could rarely get close enough to Adesanya to utilize close combat boxing technique that he is well known for.
We don't know who is Adesanya going to face next. What we know though is that unless you are a dragonfly you better get well prepared for the fight because Adesanya will not run away from you!
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) April 10, 2019