3 Picks For October 24’s UFC Fight Night Card From Dublin
#13 Dustin Poirier (+200) vs. Joseph Duffy (-240) – Lightweight
Irishman Joseph Duffy will (presumably) have the crowd on his side as he does battle with Dustin Poirier in the Octagon. Oddsmakers seem to like Duffy’s chances too, plunking the Donegal product in the position of favourite. Duffy’s had a promising go of things since arriving in the UFC with a TKO win over Jake Lindsey at UFC 185 and a submission defeat of Ivan Jorge this summer. Poirer’s certainly no pushover. After getting pummelled by Conor McGregor, Poirier scored a pair of first round victories on Fight Night cards. Make no mistake, Poirer (who has 11 first-round finishes) will try to get this bout wrapped up in a hurry. He’ll be Duffy’s biggest challenge yet (y’know provided you don’t count Duffy’s Cage Warriors tilt with McGregor in 2010) and this fight could go either way. There’s a lot to like about Duffy’s skill set and approach, but Poirier may be too tough to topple.
Our Pick: Poirier
#3 Stipe Miocic (-300) vs. #7 Ben Rothwell (+250) – Heavyweight
If Duffy didn’t have the home country connection, this heavyweight showdown would definitely be listed as the marquee bout. Stipe Miocic and Ben Rothwell both have the opportunity to make their case for a title shot in this fight. Rothwell was somewhat lost in the wilderness during his first few years in the UFC, but has racked up a pretty nifty three fight winning streak that includes Ws over Brandon Vera, Alistair Overeem and Matt Mitrione. Meanwhile, Miocic is looking to build on his relatively recent defeat of Mark Hunt and get a crack at Fabrício Werdum’s gold. Miocic has Rothwell outclassed when it comes to speed, but his opponent may be better equipped at alternating between strike offense and submission offense. We’re inclined to go with Miocic as the likely winner of this fight. His body of work (including his late 2014 decision loss to Junior dos Santos) is too much to overlook.
Our Pick: Miocic
Paddy Holohan (-105) vs. Louis Smolka (-110) – Flyweight
Dublin’s Paddy Holohan and American Louis Smolka are bringing their barely blemished MMA records into the Octagon on October 24 in an intriguing flyweight contest. Smolka will be looking to send the crowd home grumbling thanks to his excellent set of grappling skills. Holohan has shown that he has the endurance to stick around in a long distance bout as his last three fights have gone for three full rounds. The crowd will be pulling for Holohan, but we see Smolka coming out on top.
Our Pick: Smolka
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