UFC 236

UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier 2 predictions

"Blessed" or "The Diamond?"

The UFC is in Atlanta as featherweight champion Max Holloway goes for the interim lightweight belt tonight against No. 3 challenger Dustin Poirier. All fighters made weight so the time for talk is now over. We need a good show.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT)

RANDY COSTA (4-0-0) VS. BRANDON DAVIS (9-5-0)

UFC 236

Andrews: Davis needs a win and is welcoming Costa to the octagon. Costa has an impressive 100% finish rate but can he do it in the UFC? I think he overcomes the jitters and pulls it off.

Andrews Prediction: Randy Costa via TKO

POLIANA BOTELHO (7-2-0) VS. LAUREN MUELLER (5-1-0)

UFC 236

Andrews: Both fighters were submitted in their last fights but I like Botelho’s aggressiveness. I think she gets the knockout after some early trouble.

Andrews Prediction: Poliana Botelho via TKO

MONTEL JACKSON (7-1-0) VS. ANDRE SOUKHAMTHATH (13-6-0)

UFC 236

 

Andrews: Jackson is a DWCS alum who likes to finish people. Soukhamthath likes to finish too but is smarter now since the O’Malley debacle. Too close to call, but I lean with the experience and Andre.

Andrews Prediction: Andre Soukhamthath via UD

BELAL MUHAMMAD (14-3-0) VS. CURTIS MILLENDER (17-4-0)

UFC 236

Andrews: Millender is coming off a tough submission loss so I expect him to bounce back and decision Muhammad with effective striking and footwork. Has to keep the fight standing.

Andrews Prediction: Curtis Millender via UD

BOSTON SALMON (6-1-0) VS. KHALID TAHA (12-2-0)

UFC 236

Andrews: Taha has a slight octagon experience edge, but it’s a tough call. I lean slightly with Taha.

Andrews Prediction: Khalid Taha via UD

MAX GRIFFIN (14-6-0) VS. ZELIM IMADAEV (8-0-0)

UFC 236

Andrews: Griffin has loads of experience, but Zelim is a beast with eight finishes making his debut. I normally side with experience, but I think Zelim takes Griffin out here.

Andrews Prediction: Zelim Imadaev via TKO

WILSON REIS (23-9-0) VS. ALEXANDRE PANTOJA (20-3-0)

UFC 236

Andrews: Pantoja has difficulty against stronger guys and Reis is just that. Have to go with Wilson.

Andrews Prediction: Wilson Reis via UD

JALIN TURNER (8-4-0) VS. MATT FREVOLA (6-1-1)

UFC 236

Andrews: As long as Turner avoids the big shots, he should get the decision. That’s a big if though.

Andrews Prediction: Jalin Turner via UD

MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)

OVINCE ST. PREUX (23-12-0) VS. NIKITA KRYLOV (24-6-0)

UFC 236

Andrews: OSP is 36 now. Krylov will have him thinking about retirement.

Andrews Prediction: Nikita Krylov via TKO

ALAN JOUBAN (16-6-0) VS. DWIGHT GRANT (9-2-0)

UFC 236

Andrews: Jouban continues to chug along at 36 and I think his striking is crisper than Grant’s. IF he can avoid some big shots, he come out with the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Alan Jouban via UD

ERYK ANDERS (11-3-0) VS. KHALIL ROUNTREE (7-3-0)

UFC 236

Andrews: Both guys can end the fight with one strike but Anders is the bigger guy who needs the win more.

Andrews Prediction: Eryk Anders via TKO

KELVIN GASTELUM (15-3-0, 1NC) VS. ISRAEL ADESANYA (16-0-0)

UFC 236

Andrews: As long as Adesanya avoids the big shots, he should pile up some points on Kelvin. But he can’t once around for five rounds, so it will be a close decision win.

Andrews Prediction: Israel Adesanya via UD

MAIN EVENT

MAX HOLLOWAY (20-3-0) VS. #3 DUSTIN POIRIER (24-5-0) 

UFC 236

Andrews: Holloway gets his revenge with a TKO win after some early trouble.

Andrews Prediction: Max Holloway via TKO

Enjoy the fights!

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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