A five-week run of UFC occasions involves an finish this Saturday night time with a blockbuster essential occasion.
Pitting two of the light-weight division’s finest towards each other, former interim champion Dustin Poirier steps again into the octagon for the primary time since a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov as ‘The Diamond’ takes on the harmful Dan Hooker.
Elsewhere at UFC on ESPN 12, the remainder of the cardboard struggles to have fights with actual consequence however there are particular bouts which elevate the intrigue like Luis Pena vs. Khama Worthy and Sean Woodson vs. Julian Erosa.
Dustin Poirier (25-6, 1 NC) vs. Dan Hooker (20-8)
How Dustin Poirier offers with the low kicks of Dan Hooker might be a critical issue for the way this battle performs out.
Offensively, Hooker could be the extra numerous because of the extra in-depth use of his hanging arsenal however when tied to defensive techniques, Poirier has confirmed himself to be the higher general striker.
Working behind shoulder rolls, Poirier will keep away from photographs to his head and permit himself to fireplace again on the subject of his boxing, all of the whereas holding a stiff kick to the physique in his again pocket.
With that Philly Shell-esque stance although, Poirier will be kicked and Hooker’s calf kicks can present actual harm and restrict motion.
Add within the alternative for photographs to the physique on the subject of step-in knees or kicks of his personal and Hooker has an actual likelihood at pulling off the upset right here.
With that being mentioned, Hooker’s defence leaves rather a lot to be desired. He was badly overwhelmed by Edson Barboza and his struggle with Paul Felder noticed him eat loads of strikes.
With such a porous defence and Poirier’s spectacular output, I assume ‘The Diamond’ will make extra of his offence at the next price.
Decide: Dustin Poirier
Mike Perry (13-6) vs. Mickey Gall (6-2)
Mike Perry has confirmed himself to be a sturdy and competent fighter, regardless of his meme-status, however his determination to have his girlfriend be his lone nook is incomprehensibly silly right here.
Happily for him although, I can’t see how stylistically Mickey Gall can win this battle exterior of a scramble on the mat.
Perry is a greater, larger hitter on the toes and has ok takedown defence to thwart Gall’s makes an attempt to floor him.
Decide: Mike Perry
Brendan Allen (14-3) vs. Kyle Daukaus (9-0)
Daukaus appears to be like to be a bodily fighter however the brief discover nature of him taking this battle would possibly go towards him.
On the mat, this appears to be like to be a enjoyable battle as each are an actual submission risk however with Allen having a extra substantial coaching camp, I believe his aggression could tire out Daukaus the additional the battle goes.
Decide: Brendan Allen
Gian Villante (17-11) vs. Maurice Greene (8-4)
I’m not totally bought on Villante’s transfer to the heavyweight division and his conditioning wants critical enchancment if he’s to make any dent in his new weight class.
Whereas he could possibly plod his option to victory, I assume Greene’s measurement can pay dividends whether or not it’s a stoppage or by deterring Villante’s personal assaults.
Decide: Maurice Greene
Philipe Lins (14-4) vs. Tanner Boser (17-6-1)
Neither Lins nor Boser have impressed of their lone UFC bouts however Lins does have the higher pedigree because of his profitable stint in PFL.
Whereas Boser may frustrate at distance and together with his sturdiness, I believe Lins’ energy will make extra of an impression on the battle and the scorecards.
Decide: Philipe Lins
Sean Woodson (7-0) vs. Julian Erosa (23-8)
Erosa is usually a tough fighter on his day because of his motion and grappling sport however Woodson appears to be like to be an actual prospect to take discover of.
His offence towards a sturdy Kyle Bochniak was glorious and at 6″2′, Woodson’s measurement for featherweight is exceptional.
With nice use of his vary and good motion as well, I assume Woodson would be the cleaner fighter in what needs to be a enjoyable battle.
Decide: Sean Woodson
(Final Predictions: 4/5, Whole: 54/76, 71% Success Charge)
(Success Charge: 2016: 61%, ’17: 60%, ’18: 58%, 19′: 57%)