Dustin Poirier and Diego Brandao are set to throw down at UFC 168, where the winner puts their name in the running to challenge for the title in the featherweight division. Both of these fighters can finish the fight both on the ground and standing, and it’s going to be interesting to see who can impose their will on the other in hopes of claiming an important victory.
Poirier is riding high off a win over Erik Koch. In this fight, Poirier was able to dominate on the feet, and he showed some great grappling skills near the end of the fight. The win moved Poirier up in the division, and he’s currently the sixth-ranked combatant at featherweight. Poirier is a fighter that likes to throw heavy leather, but it’s his dynamic submission skills that make him such a threat in the division.
Brandao comes into this fight off a great win over Daniel Pineda. For three straight rounds, Brandao and Pineda threw down, but it was Brandao’s ground game that proved to be the difference in the fight. He’s currently on a three-fight winning streak, and a win over Poirier would be his biggest to date.
This featherweight matchup should be an entertaining scrap as both have knockout power in their hands. If the fight hits the ground, both have proven to have savvy submission skills when there are openings. The winner of this bout will move up there with the best of the division, where Jose Aldo is the current champ.