While one fighter continues to take names, the other was part of the historic rise of Nate Diaz, will anything change?
Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier is a finisher. With eight finishes in the UFC and a 13-4 UFC/WEC record he has carved himself into one of the most reliable fighters in the lightweight division, in terms of putting on a good show.
In fact, he hasn’t really even been in any close match-ups going by the scorecards. Just six of 24 of his pro fights have gone to decisions, all of which have been unanimous. Among these fights, The Diamond has finished many UFC veterans.
Holloway, Diego Brandão, Medeiros, Duffy and Bobby Green have all been defeated by Poirier with only Duffy making it past the first round.
Much like the co-main event, both of these fighters can go in vastly different directions depending on who wins. Poirier is on a four-win streak and being ranked at number seven, a win could push him to a big, money-making top five match.
Michael ‘The Menace’ Johnson however has had his fair share of ups and downs. Three wins, two losses…four wins, two losses; Johnson has fought a number of gatekeepers with mixed results.
He cruised to a win over Tony Ferguson, but lost unanimously to Myles Jury. He beat Lauzon, Tibau and Guillard in succession but had his streak stopped by Dariush.
Perhaps most famously, Johnson was baited into a Diaz-fight in his last UFC appearance. By that I mean, he allowed Nate to mock him and coax him into a boxing match which ended in embarrassment and Stockton slaps.
Johnson is more than willing to stand and trade, good on him for it but that doesn’t always win you fights. Unfortunately for him I see this happening again.
Prediction: Dustin Poirier wins via TKO/Submission inside the distance, likely in the second round.