Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight scrappers Dustin Poirier and Bobby Green will throw down this Saturday (June 4, 2016) at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Poirier developed himself as a top fighter at Featherweight, however cannot protect a title shot. Since moving up to Lightweight, "The Diamond" looks much better than ever and has actually picked up some major momentum. After winning four straight battles and landing a position in the Top 10, Green lost in his last bout. Well over a year has gone by since that time, and Green is wanting to remind battle fans that he's an elite veteran.
Key Wins: Joseph Duffy (UFC 195), Carlos Diego Ferrira (UFC Fight Night 63), Erick Koch (UFC 164). Key Losses: Connor McGregor (UFC 178), Cub Swanson (UFC on FUEL TELEVISION 7), Chan Sung Jung (UFC on FUEL TELEVISION 3). Keys to Victory: It's quite uncommon for a 27 years of age to currently be a five-year Octagon veteran, however that's the position Poirier finds himself in. He can credit that success to the well-rounded nature of his capability, as Poirier is more than with the ability of blasting his opponents en path to the KO or grinding them into the mat.
Stylistically, this is a really intriguing matchup. Both men are pretty comfortable any place the fight goes, and neither is outplayed in any one area. With that in mind, Poirier has to take his time and feel his challenger out. If Poirier closes the distance and feels more powerful than his opponent, looking to wrestle with Green would not be a bad idea.
If the takedown doesn't come, Poirier needs to be fine with kickboxing against Green too. In that case, Poirier should want to fully use his range and out-work his enemy from the outside, just like Edson Barboza did.
Key Wins: Josh Thomson (UFC on FOX 12), Pat Healy (UFC on FOX 9), Jacob Volkmann (UFC 156). Key Losses: Edson Barboza (UFC Fight Night 57).
Keys to Victory: Like his opponent, Green is a well-rounded finisher. Having actually divided his 17 surfaces nearly similarly in between knockouts and submissions, Green is clearly a risk wherever the battle goes.
In this bout, I 'd like to see Green truly focus on being the assailant. It's likely to be a close scrap, and hostility can frequently be the decider in who earns the decision triumph.
That wound up costing him in his last bout, as Barboza racked up points while Green tried to no-show his challenger's punches and kicks. There are some other positives for Green to go on the offensive. For one, he's a very resilient fighter and meetings plenty difficult himself. That could be a concern for Poirier, who's been dropped a couple of times in the last couple years.
Furthermore, Green might aim to pressure Poirier into the fence and wrestle. While Poirier isn't really a weak wrestler by any methods, Green might out-muscle the former Featherweight.
Poirier is on a serious win streak. In three battles, he strongly knocked out a set of quality fighters before handing among the division's finest prospects an extreme lesson. If he can extend that win streak here, he'll be within a couple wins of a title shot.
Additionally, a loss sends Poirier to the bottom of the ladder once more. He's still a top competitor, however there's so numerous other gifted Lightweights that a loss is always expensive. That's specifically real for Bobby Green, coming off a loss and a long layoff. If he loses his 2nd straight bout, he might even fall out of the leading 15. However, this is also a major opportunity for "King." As discussed, Poirier has quickly increased into the mix, so it would be a significant achievement for Green to derail him. In fact, it could propel Green back into the top 10