PREVIEW: Pettis vs. Poirier
Credit: UFC By: Bryce
The UFC is back again this weekend in what is an excellent card in Norfolk, Virginia. The headliner is Anthony Pettis' return to Lightweight elite as he goes up against Dustin "Pea-Head" Poirier.
Anthony Pettis in one word: inconsistent. He has looked unbelievably creative and unstoppable from late 2011 through 2014. Then, he met RDA. After being exposed as a fighter that didn't handle pressure well, we lost 3 in a row, causing him to drop to Featherweight. After a promising debut against Charles Oliveira, he was thrusted into an interim belt fight against Max Holloway. After a rough weight cut and being finished, he decided he would return to Lightweight. He did that this past July, cruising past Jim Miller. When he's at his best, he's one of the best to do it. When he's not, it isn't a pretty sight. For him and the fans, I hope he looks good this Saturday.
Dustin Poirier has been quietly making his way up the Lightweight division. After losing to Conor McGregor, he moved up and has only lost once, that being to Michael Johnson. He came back to beat Jim Miller and then had a controversial No Contest against Eddie Alvarez. His run since his 155 debut in 2015 shows he is a legit guy in this division. He is crafty, both on his feet and on the ground. He owns a submission victory over current 145 champ Max Holloway. Now, MMA math never works, but it's a cool statistic. Look for Poirier to take it to Pettis early and try to get the finish.