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UFC 302 : Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier.

In the universe of mixed martial arts MMA there is nothing quite like a bout between two prize fighters that takes people’s breath away. Tonight, the Octagon will come alive for the fight fans as they get ready to witness the clash between Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier – both fighters in their prime. This battle not only guarantees spectacular fights but also is the turning point in the interaction of top fighters of the UFC 302 lightweight division.

Know The Fighters

One fighter to watch for is Islam Makhachev from Dagestan Russia, who has dominate grappling skills and crazy submission ability. Growing from the ranks under the watchful eye of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov – the father of former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov – Makhachev has refined his fighting style over the years. He has also competed in Sambo, a combat sport that uses throws, holds, and ground fighting, which provides him with a strong foundation for many fights. Makhachev has secured many victories in his professional career as he slowly ascends in the ranks to be considered a dangerous man in the cage.

On the other side of the Octagon is Dustin Poirier, an American fighter who is probably most notable for his striking power and resistance. Lafayette, Louisiana native Poirier has gone up against some of the division’s most challenging competitors but has not faltered. His tenure in the UFC consists of spectacular knockouts over recognizable name opponents, which has helped establish him as a challenger for the division’s title. Poirier as a striker is a powerful puncher with good takedown defense and a ground game that has improved through his MMA career.

The Build-Up: Expectations and Risks

This fight has been anticipated to reach epic proportions and justifiably so. Many fans and analysts have gone to social media to make various comparisons regarding Makhachev’s ability to become a champion. With his fluidity, ability to control the fight, and submission game, many have dubbed him the protege of Khabib. Many people already consider Makhachev a worthy contender for the lightweight throne, and a win tonight will only strengthen this statement.

As far as Dustin Poirier is concerned, this fight is another potential chance to showcase his worth, and possibly get another crack at the belt. Poirier has been known for his hardworking nature and never-say-die attitude in his career, having fought off with Conor McGregor and other top fighters. A victory over Makhachev would further strengthen his case for a title shot and also add a bright name to his list of defeated opponents.

Fight Dynamics: Strategies and tactics

The specifics of this bout are relative to the differences in the fighters’ behaviors. Makhachev’s approach is going to be focused on his grappling prowess. Phenomenal talent at takedown and grappling opponents while on the ground. I predict Makhachev to shoot for takedowns initially and repeatedly, attempting to weary Poirier and potentially submit him.

On the other hand, Poirier for whom striking is a stronger suit will look to keep the fight in the standing position. His fast punching and strong hooks are always a danger to anyone who decides or is forced to exchange blows with him. Poirier’s strategy should be to keep the distance with good footwork to avoid Makhachev takedowns and look for counter-striking chances when the latter comes in for the clinch.

The Stakes:

In addition to this, there are numbers of other perspectives that have been identified to exist beyond the fight.

From the view of sports alone, this fight goes beyond glitz and glamour of a title bout which the two fighters represent. For the Makhachev, this would make history of Dagestani fighters in the UFC as Khabib is still the boss. It would further also establish a statement to the lightweight division that Makhachev does not only has the ability to challenge for a title but that he has the potential to be a future champion.

Besides the title, for Poirier, the victory is about regaining status and becoming one of the top contenders among the welterweight division’s champions. The fighter had been in a position that was close to the title and this makes him aware of the role of every fight in the level of the fighter. The victory over Makhachev will add more value to the aggregate and give rightful claims for the second title shot.

Conclusion

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With the biggest showdown yet in store, fans across the globe will certainly stay locked on their television screens in a bid to watch this intense match. Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier are ready to get the fans stunned as their match is being prepared to become legendary and unforgettable. Be the case_, the confrontation between these super heavyweights will add to the history of MMA, evidenced by the passion, performance, and resilience of the fighters.

 

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