Makhachev Must Use Early Takedowns Against Poirier

“Early takedowns are crucial for Makhachev”

Arman Tsarukyan has issued a stern warning to UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev, emphasizing the critical need for early takedowns in his upcoming fight against Dustin Poirier.

Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) is set to defend his title against Poirier (30-8 MMA, 22-7 UFC) in the main event of UFC 302 on June 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey (UFC).

Makhachev’s Versatility in the Octagon

Islam Makhachev has shown that he’s more than just a grappler. His knockout victory over former featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 294 demonstrated his striking abilities (MMA Junkie). However, Tsarukyan believes that standing and trading punches with Poirier could be a grave mistake.

“I see Islam is going to try and push him to the cage, take him down and try to hold him, submit him,” Tsarukyan told the New York Post. “But if he can’t do that, it’s going to be dangerous. If he wants to box him, I think Dustin Poirier is on a different level.

“His punch, his speed, he can knock him out very fast. That’s why Islam’s got to try to take him down right away. For me, the favorite is Islam in this fight, but I can put money on Dustin Poirier KO, because it could happen” (New York Post).

Tsarukyan’s Path to the Title

Arman Tsarukyan (22-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) recently defeated former champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 300 in April. Despite being offered a short-notice title shot against Makhachev shortly after, Tsarukyan declined, citing the need for proper preparation. Instead, Poirier was granted the opportunity. Tsarukyan remains confident that his turn will come soon.

“I’m going to wait for my title fight,” Tsarukyan said. “I know UFC is going to give me that chance because they’re not bullsh*t. They’re going to do a real fight” (MMA Junkie).


The Challenge of Dustin Poirier

Dustin Poirier, a veteran of the sport, has faced and defeated some of the top names in the lightweight division. His victories over Conor McGregor and Max Holloway have cemented his reputation as a powerful and technically skilled striker. Poirier’s experience in five-round fights and his knockout power make him a formidable opponent for Makhachev, especially if the fight stays on the feet (UFC).

Poirier’s ability to adapt and his resilience in the octagon will be crucial factors in this bout. His striking accuracy and ability to capitalize on his opponent’s mistakes make him a dangerous adversary. Makhachev must implement his wrestling game early to avoid the risk of getting caught by Poirier’s lethal punches.

Future of the Lightweight Division

As UFC 302 approaches, the lightweight division continues to showcase some of the most competitive and thrilling matchups in MMA. With fighters like Tsarukyan, Poirier, and Makhachev in the mix, fans can expect numerous exciting bouts ahead. Tsarukyan, patiently awaiting his title shot, remains focused on his training, ready to challenge the winner of the upcoming title fight.

UFC 302 Fight Card (Times Adjusted for the USA)

Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier (Main Event – ca. 12:30 AM ET)

Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa (ca. 11:30 PM ET)

Kevin Holland vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk (ca. 10:30 PM ET)

Jailton Almeida vs. Alexander Romanov (ca. 9:30 PM ET)

Randy Brown vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (ca. 8:30 PM ET)

Cesar Almeida vs. Roman Kopylov (ca. 7:30 PM ET)

Grant Dawson vs. Joe Solecki (ca. 7:00 PM ET)

Philip Rowe vs. Jake Matthews (Preliminaries)

Niko Price vs. Alex Morono (Preliminaries)

Mickey Gall vs. Bassil Hafez (Preliminaries)

Ailin Perez vs. Joselyne Edwards (Preliminaries)

Mitch Raposo vs. Andre Lima (Early Prelims)

Tatsuro Taira vs. Joshua Van (Early Prelims)

This fight card includes a mix of exciting bouts featuring top fighters in various weight classes, promising a thrilling night for MMA fans.

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