UFC 236 Betting Preview
Two interim UFC champions will be crowned this weekend when the Octagon moves into Atlanta for UFC 236: Holloway vs Poirier 2.
Headlining UFC 236 is a bout for the interim UFC lightweight title between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier. At Bovada Sportsbook, Holloway is a -225 favorite and Poirier a +175 underdog.
Holloway, the current UFC featherweight champ, is 20-3 with 10 wins by knockout. He’s won his last 13 fights and last fought at UFC 231 in December when he defeated Brian Ortega by TKO in the fourth round as a -135 favorite.
Poirier is 24-5 and one no contest, with 13 wins by KO and six by submission. He has won three straight fights and last fought at UFC on Fox 30 in July, defeating Eddie Alvarez by TKO in the second round as a -200 favorite.
Holloway and Poirier previously fought in February 2012 at UFC 143. Poirier was a heavy -714 favorite in that fight and paid off, winning via first-round submission.
Adesanya a -175 favorite to win interim middleweight belt
The other interim championship bout at UFC 236 sees Kelvin Gastelum face Israel Adesanya for the interim UFC middleweight championship. Adesanya is a -175 favorite and Gastelum a +145 underdog.
Adesanya is undefeated in his MMA career at 16-0 with 13 wins by KO. He last fought in February at UFC 234 where he defeated Anderson Silva by unanimous decision as a -588 favorite.
Gastelum is 15-3 and one no contest, with six wins by KO and four by submission. He hasn’t fought since UFC 224 in May 2018 when he defeated Ronaldo (Jacare) Souza by split decision as a -115 underdog.
Anders, Rountree seek bounce-back in light heavyweight bout
Also on the main card at UFC 236, two fighters looking to rebound from losses square off when Eryk Anders and Khalil Rountree Jr. meet up in a light heavyweight bout. Anders is a -200 favorite and Rountree a +160 underdog.
Anders is 1-3 in his last four fights to drop to 11-3 overall with seven wins by knockout. He last fought at UFC 231 in December, losing to Elias Theodorou by split decision as a -110 underdog.
Rountree is 7-3 and one no contest, with five wins by KO. In his last fight at UFC Fight Night 140 in November, he was stopped by Johnny Walker via a first-round KO as a -200 favorite.