Dustin Poirier Kick

UFC Fight Night – Poirier v Hooker

The Apex centre will be home to its final card this weekend, before Dana White takes the organisation to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, for what will be known as ‘Fight Island’

The main-event consists of 2 lightweights that are both looking to become contenders in the division. Having already been the interim champion previously, Dustin Poirier is determined to gain a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov to prove that he is the best lightweight around. Dan Hooker on the other hand, has been on a 3-win-fight-streak that puts him on the radar as one of the upcoming contenders in the lightweight division. I see the fight going the distance considering the styles that will be on show Sunday morning, as well as Hooker’s previous 2 fights being decided by the judge’s scorecards. Poirier gets the nod to come out on top, with quick striking and relentless pressure, I’m hopeful he will avenge his most recent loss to the Dagestani fighter. Hooker isn’t to be taken lightly though, his 3 victories have come in fine fashion and will be hoping to continue the winning streak. The fight is 7/4 to go the distance and that looks like the more confident outcome to back from a statistical standpoint.

Mikey Gall who appeared on Dana White’s Lookin’ for a fight’ is squaring off against Mike Perry. The latter has not looked impressive since April of last year, after his decision win against Alex Oliveira. Gall however, had burst onto the UFC scene back in 2016, with an impressive 4-0 start which included a superb performance against Sage Northcutt, resulting in a second-round submission win. In recent fights however, Gall has had a mixed experience in the octagon, with a TKO loss to Diego Sanchez which was then followed up by a stunning performance against Salim Touhari. We know Perry has true grit and determination, as Vicente Luque reconfigured his nose with some thunderous shots, but that didn’t stop the fighter from Flint, Michigan, from taking the fight to the distance. If Gall can take the fight to the ground, which I think will happen, then the welterweight will advance to 7-2 which would see him sore up the welterweight rankings.  At a surprising 5/2 to win, it is worth taking a punt on the fighter from New Jersey.

Brendan Allen takes on Kyle Daukaus in what will be the latter’s debut in the UFC. With an impressive 9-0 record coming into the fight, Daukaus will be hoping to start off his UFC career with a victory over an opponent who is coming off the back of 2 wins against Kevin Holland and Tom breese respectfully. I don’t see Allen slowing down anytime soon, who is bound to make it 7 wins in a row within MMA. At 1/3 odds, backing Allen would only come in adding him into an accumulator.

Light heavyweights Gian Villante and Maurice Greene face-off in what looks like a fight that could go either way. Both fighters are coming off the back of losses and are hoping to get back to winning ways, but I’m pipping Greene to edge the fight. This is a fight however that doesn’t hold much importance behind it, but it will be entertaining to say the least so I would like to think that a TKO/KO stoppage is inevitable. Greene comes in at a strong 4/9 favourite, so again, another pick that would go into an accumulator.

The catchweight bout between Sean Woodson and Julian Erosa is as one-sided as it gets. Woodson took down Kyle Bochniak in a decision victory, whilst Erosa has lost is last two in disappointing fashion. The fight is filling the void of the cancelled bout between Aspen Ladd and Sara McMann, with Ladd pulling out due to injury. With Woodson at a 2/11 favourite, it would be a real shock to see Erosa coming out on top, but who knows what can happen in the fighting business!

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