UFC FIGHT NIGHT: POIRIER vs. JOHNSON PREVIEW

This week's UFC Fight Night card features several up-and-coming prospects.
This week’s UFC Fight Night card features several up-and-coming prospects.

By Kyler Kuehler

UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson will air on September 17, 2016 in Hidalgo, Texas.

#7 DUSTIN “THE DIAMOND” POIRIER (20-4-0) vs. #10 MICHAEL “THE MENACE” JOHNSON (17-10-0)
This is a five round main event in the lightweight division. Poirier brings boxing and jiu-jitsu giving him knockout power as well as submission holds. Johnson brings striking and wrestling giving him knockout power as well as conditioned cardio. As both fighters contain knockout power this fight will come down to who has the more accurate striking and a stronger chin. I believe this falls in favor of Poirier from having more victories overall than Johnson showing that he has potential to possibly fight for the belt someday. Though Johnson does seem to have a little better cardio than Poirier, which could be the key weapon to use and pull off a big upset and add the biggest win to his record. However, Johnson will have to be more defensive against Poirier than he has against any other opponent he has faced before, which I do not believe he will be able to handle against a fighter like Poirier. My prediction: Poirier wins via knockout in Round 2.

#9 URIAH “PRIME TIME” HALL (13-6-0) vs. #10 DEREK BRUNSON (15-3-0)
This is a three round fight in the middleweight division. Hall brings kyokushin, kickboxing and jiu-jitsu leading him to agility and knockout power. Brunson brings striking, jiu-jitsu and wrestling giving him knockout power as well as cardio. Since both fighters are well-rounded strikers, the key factor will probably be the speed and accuracy, which I believe is in Hall’s favor due to his agility and willingness to continue to go forward and use every ounce of fight in him to finish every fight. With that being said I am not sure that Brunson would stand much of a chance against that kind of speed mixed with striking. The only chance that I see of Brunson walking away as the victor is to turn the fight into a cardio battle, which appears to be where Hall shows a little weakness in and could be the downfall in this fight. My prediction: Hall wins via knockout in Round 1.

#15 EVAN DUNHAM (17-6-0) vs. RICK GLENN (18-3-1)
This is a three round fight in the lightweight division. Dunham brings striking and jiu-jitsu making him efficient in grappling. Glenn brings striking and some ground game giving him close to a perfect record. With what both fighters bring, I believe Dunham has the great advantage in this fight as he looks to be able to stand up to his opponents in both the standing and ground games than Glenn, who really does not have much ground game at all. Unless Glenn could possibly try to keep the fight from going to the ground. I really don’t see him standing much of a chance in the bout. My prediction: Dunham wins via submission in Round 1.