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New FSM Preview: UFC 302 – Makhachev vs Poirier

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 The Diamond takes his final swing for championship gold at UFC 302 in Newark, New Jersey

 

Saturday night at the Prudential Center, the most exciting division in MMA will have its title on the line as lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev (25-1) looks to defend his title against one of the most decorated veterans in the UFC, Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (30-8, 1 NC) for the title of greatest lightweight on the planet.

 

Main Event – Islam Makhachev (-450) vs Dustin Poirier (+300)

 

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The headlining fight of the night at UFC 302 is as close to a Rocky Balboa film as we will see in MMA. It’s a title fight featuring the Russian juggernaut with an intimidating style and record, facing the people’s champion who will look to finally become the undisputed champion in his third and final shot at the belt. That script beats out at least one or two of the later Balboa films.

Just like the “Italian Stallion,” Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (30-8, 1NC) has made a career of laying it all on the line and having a kill-or-be-killed style that has delivered some of the best fights under the UFC banner. Over his 13-year career in the UFC, Poirier has secured victories over fighters such as Max Holloway (x2), Conor McGregor (x2), Justin Gaethje and Benoit St. Dennis. With the fourth-most finishes (15) and victories (22) in UFC history, Poirier has proven to be one of the best to ever fight for the promotion, despite never becoming an undisputed champion.

The “Diamond” has come close multiple times but failed to secure the title  After defeating Holloway to become the interim lightweight champion, Poirier had his first shot at becoming undisputed in 2019, but came up short after being submitted in the third round by Khabib Nermagomedov. In 2022, Poirier earned his way to another title shot but could not overcome the peak of Charles Oliveira and suffered his second title fight loss. Poirier even fought for the UFC’s “BMF” title, but was caught with a second-round head kick, resulting in a loss to Gaethje.

Saturday night at UFC 302, Poirier will have one final shot at becoming the undisputed champion as he enters his third and final title shot at the lightweight title. The only thing standing in Poirier’s way of having his Hollywood ending is the current lightweight champion and pound-for-pound number-one fighter in the world, Islam Makhachev.

 

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Since his predecessor/coach’s retirement in 2020, Makhachev has picked up where Khabib left off and has re-established Dagistanian dominance over the lightweight division. After securing victories over Arman Tsarukyan, Thiago Moises, Dan Hooker, and Bobby Green, Makhachev earned his title shot in 2022 against Oliveira for the vacant belt. Makhachev quickly secured the title after submitting Oliveira in the second round.

In his first title defense, Makhachev took on the then-featherweight champion and pound-for-pound best fighter in the UFC, Alexander Volkanovski. Makhachev managed to squeak out a decision win but received push-back with many believing Volkanovski should have received the victory. Islam proved the win wasn’t a fluke in their rematch in 2023, after landing a head kick that knocked Volkanovski out in the first round. The win secured his second title defense and the title of pound-for-pound number one in the UFC.

As the main event takes place Saturday night in Newark, New Jersey, two of the best fighters on the planet will enter the octagon looking to secure a legacy-defining win as they decide who is the best lightweight on the planet. Whether Dustin Poirier finally achieves his ultimate goal of becoming a champion, or Islam Makhachev continues his dominant reign as the number-one fighter in the world, UFC 302 is almost guaranteed to close out the night with an absolute war for the 155-pound strap.

 

The rest of Saturday night’s UFC 302 card will go as follows:

 

Co-main event – #1 Sean Strickland (-140) vs #4 Paulo Costa (+105)

Main card Middleweight fight – #15 Kevin Holland (-170) vs Michal Oleksiejczuk (+130)

Main card Heavyweight fight – #7 Jailton Almeida (-195) vs #13 Alexandr Romanov (+145)

Main card Welterweight fight – Elizeu-Zaleski dos Santos (-140) vs Randy Brown (+105)

 

Prelims:

 

Prelim fight – Cesar Almeida (-120) vs Roman Kopylov (+100)

Prelim fight – Grant Dawson (-400) vs Joe Solecki (+310)

Prelim fight – Jake Matthews (-160) vs Philip Rowe (+135)

Prelim fight – Alex Morono (-240) vs Niko Price (+200)

Early Prelims:

 

Early Prelim fight – Bassil Hafez (-330) vs Mickey Gall (+260)

Early Prelim fight – Ailin Perez (-200) vs Joselyne Edwards (+170)

Early Prelim fight – Andre Lima (-250) vs Mitch Raposo (+205)

 

UFC 302 occurs on Saturday, June 1st, at 5:00 pm PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

-Griffin Kemp – Franchise Sports Media

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