UFC 168 features a great featherweight bout between Dustin Poirier and Diego Brandao. Both fighters have the chance to make a statement with an impressive win, which may give them a chance to fight for the belt that is currently held by Jose Aldo.
Poirier has been one of the most exciting fighters in the featherweight division. Whether it’s on the ground or feet, he has finishing capabilities and he’s always looking for an impressive finish. He’s a viable prospect, but has come up short in bouts that gave him the chance to really make a statement.
His notable losses are to Chan Sung Jung and Cub Swanson — both of which were impressive, exciting bouts. If he can get past Brandao, Poirier would re-solidify himself as a title challenger, and it will be a huge feather in his cap.
Brandao is looking to keep his momentum going. After losing a decision to Darren Elkins, he has been able to win three straight. His most recent win was against Daniel Pineda, a bout that was a thrilling affair for three rounds. Brando is a powerful puncher who is also deadly on the ground. He’s going to be looking for the finish when he fights Poirier.
Prediction: Brando has been an exciting fighter, but he’s shown some cardio issues. These issues have never plagued Poirier. He will weather the early storm, then will start to pour it on Brandao in the latter rounds to win a decision.
Dustin Poirier wins via unanimous decision