UFC 143 Predictions: Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway

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UFC 143 Predictions: Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway
Dustin Poirier; photo cred: MMAWeekly.com

While the main card for UFC 137 proves to be a fan friendly night of fights, however, the preliminary portion of the event, which will air live on FX, looks to be equally entertaining. 

The unofficial main event for the preliminary portion of the card will feature a featherweight clash as top contender Dustin Poirier welcomes in the undefeated Max Holloway.

After dropping a decision to Danny Castillo in his WEC debut, Poirier has since gone undefeated in his last four outings and is 3-0 as a featherweight. In his 145 pound debut, the Louisiana native took on the once-beaten Josh Grispi—who at the time was prime and ready to meet with champion Jose Aldo, before the Brazilian exited their January 2011 tilt due to injury.

From start to finish, Poirier dominated "The Fluke" with his effective takedown defense and powerful blows. Following the upset win, "The Diamond" has recorded victories over Jason Young and Pablo Garza—submitting "The Scarecrow" with a d'arce choke last November. 

Looking to spoil the ascension of Poirier will be the UFC newcomer in Holloway. Likened as a featherweight version of Anthony "Showtime" Pettis, Holloway has a wild array of strikes at his disposal, using knees, kicks, punches and elbows galore. 

4-0 as a pro, Holloway has a bright and promising future in the world of mixed marital arts, but will his skills be enough to combat the well-rounded attack of Poirier?

Nope.

While "Lil Evil" will give the 23-year-old Poirier some hairy moments on the feet, the budding grappling skills of the UFC contender will be enough to stifle the wily Holloway when it counts. As the newbie gets overzealous on the feet, Poirier will dump him to the canvas. Expect the same course of action over their three round tilt, as Poirier earns his fifth win in a row and moves one step closer towards a shot at the title.  

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