UFC 236 went down final Sat. evening (April 13, 2019) from inside State Farm Area in Atlanta, and noticed Dustin Poirier defeat Max Holloway after 5 rounds of intense motion, profitable the interim Light-weight title within the course of (highlights). Within the co-headlining act, Israel Adesanya defeated Kelvin Gastelum to seize the interim Middleweight title in a “Combat of the Yr” candidate (see it once more right here).
Winner: Dustin Poirier
Who He Ought to Face Subsequent: Khabib Nurmagomedov
Sorry Conor, however Dustin vs. Nate Diaz will not be going to occur… at the least not subsequent. “Infamous” tried to play matchmaker shortly after Poirier gained the interim strap by suggesting UFC re-book his struggle towards the youthful of the Diaz brothers. That ship has sailed, although, as Nate has no quick plans on returning to motion and “The Diamond” greater than earned his shot at Khabib’s title later this yr.
In order a lot bargaining energy as McGregor has, he isn’t going to pressure UFC to permit him to sneak right into a championship rematch towards “The Eagle.” Whereas UFC has been recognized to flip the scrip prior to now, there isn’t a method the promotion will go on reserving Poirier vs. Khabib… proper?
Winner: Israel Adesanya
Who He Ought to Combat Subsequent: Robert Whittaker
After outlasting Kelvin Gastelum in a hard-fought 5 spherical struggle to snag his personal interim strap, Israel earned himself a shot at division champion Robert Whittaker later this yr. It’s an fascinating matchup to say the least, as Whittaker has been on a loopy run since shifting up Middleweight, profitable eight in a row together with taking out among the finest the division has to supply.
Adesanya, in the meantime, has been a busy man since making his UFC debut slightly over a yr in the past, profitable six in row together with capturing his title by defeating Gastelum. If “The Final Stylebender” can take out “The Reaper,” he’ll quickly turn out to be one of many latest faces of the promotion.
Winner: Khalil Rountree
Who He Ought to Face Subsequent: Misha Cirkunov
Khalil bought again on the profitable observe with a formidable all-around efficiency towards Eryk Anders, taking it to the ex-football participant for 3 rounds to earn a transparent unanimous resolution win. Up subsequent for Khalil must be a showdown towards Misha Cirkunov, who was final seen getting his clock cleaned by Johnny Walker in simply 38 seconds at UFC 235.
Apparently sufficient, Rountree’s final defeat got here towards Walker, too, snapping his three struggle win streak within the course of. Misha is barely hanging on to the No. 15 spot, whereas Khalil is inching nearer to his first ever slot on the official UFC rankings.
Winner: Dwight Grant
Who He Ought to Combat Subsequent: Niko Value
Grant earned a razor-thin cut up resolution win over Alan Jouban in Atlanta, giving him his second straight UFC win. Whereas a great addition to his resume, Dwight has a protracted method to go earlier than he begins dealing with the larger canine the Octagon has to supply. Up subsequent, I’d wish to see him face off towards Niko Value. Niko knocked out Tim Means within the very first spherical in his earlier outing simply final month, incomes him his first win since mid-2018. Value and Grant have comparable combating types and will make for an fascinating throwdown.
Winner: Nikita Krylov
Who he Ought to Combat Subsequent: Tyson Pedro
Nikita hasn’t had it straightforward in his first two UFC fights, shedding to Jan Blachowicz in his debut, following it up with a formidable win over Ovince Saint Preux final Saturday evening. Although on a two-fight shedding streak, I’d wish to see Pedro be Krylov’s subsequent problem contained in the eight-sided cage.
Pedro was knocked out by Mauricio Rua in his final outing, although an damage to his leg might have attributed to the defeat. Tyson must be gearing up for a return to motion in the midst of the yr, which ought to give Nikita sufficient time to relaxation after his hard-earned win over “OSP.”
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