On Saturday, April 13 the UFC heads to Atlanta, Georgia for a stacked PPV card inside the State Farm Arena.
The card will be headlined by current featherweight champion Max Holloway, as he moves up to lightweight to rematch Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title. In the co-main event, The Last Stylebender is looking to keep his winning streak and perfect record going as he meats Kelvin Gastelum for the interim middleweight title on the first ever ESPN PPV.
Here are the fights to watch at UFC 236.
Lauren Miller vs Poliana Botelho (Women’s Flyweight)
Both women have potential to be title contenders at 125-pounds, and as of right now the division is wide open. Besides Jessica Eye, there is no specific threat for the current flyweight champion. I would like to see the winner of this fight scrap with Paige VanZant or Maycee Barber. This is a very important fight to keep your eyes on because of how open the women’s flyweight division is.
Eryk Anders vs Khalil Rountree Jr. (Middleweight)
This is another great fight to keep your eyes. Both men have had some up and downs in the UFC, but both could easily be a top contender one day. Rountree made some noise when he knocked out kickboxing legend Gokhan Saki in the first round of their fight but, since then he has dropped a fight to fast rising star Johnny Walker. Eryk Anders is looking to also get back to his winning ways as he is on a two fight losing streak, dropping fights to Thiago Santos and Elias Theodorou.
A win could be big for both men moving forward.
Kelvin Gastelum (#4) vs Israel Adesanya (#5) (Middleweight)
Robert Whittaker will return to probably the toughest fight of his career, whoever wins this fight. The Last Stylebender is coming off a huge win against the legend, Anderson Silva. He is looking to keep his record perfect and win one half of the middleweight title. A win could mean a huge payday, as a fight between Adesanya and Whittaker would be massive in Australia, it could potentially brake some records with a very good undercard as well.
Kelvin Gastelum’s goal is the same, win the interim belt and take out Whittaker when he gets back. I do feel that Kelvin is in for a long night as Adesanya’s reach will be a factor in this fight. He is very good at using his long arms and range. If Kelvin does not show up with anything less then perfect, I don’t think he will be able to beat Adesanya.
Max Holloway (C-Featherweight) vs Dustin Poirier (#3) 2 (Lightweight)
A rematch a decade in the making, both men have grown up in the Octagon. They first met at UFC 143, back in 2012. It was Max Holloway’s UFC debut and Dustin won the fight via mounted arm bar. Since, both men have went on to have hall of fame worthy careers and there isn’t a better time then now for these two men to meet. They are in their prime and have improved, heading into the title clash as completely different fighters.
Holloway is looking to make history and win that second belt at lightweight. As for Poirier, he is simply looking to become champion and although neither one of these guys would be the actual champ, they would hold one half of the lightweight title and will set up a major showdown with Khabib when he gets back.