UFC Vegas 4: Poirier vs. Hooker - Main Fight Preview




In another week of an event during the COVID-19 pandemic, the  UFC returns to the city of Las Vegas to host UFC Vegas 4. But after an event well below average, the organization arrives with its foot in the door with a fight promising main.

In the main event of the night, lightweight and former interim champion  Dustin Poirier returns to the octagon to face ascendant  Dan Hooker in a duel that promises to be explosive.

Another fight that stands out on the  card is the duel between  Mike Perry and  Mickey Gall , which will be held by the welterweight category. To close the fights of the main portion, Brendan Allen faces the newly hired Kyle Daukaus for the middleweight category and, finally,  Luis Peña faces  Kharma Worthy in the lightweight division.


LIGHTWEIGHT: # 3 DUSTIN POIRIER (USA) VS. # 5 DAN HOOKER (NZL)

Dustin Poirier's career (25-6 in MMA, 17-5 in the UFC) is similar to a parabola with the hollow up. The “Diamante” was really a rough jewel, surrounded by talent and expectation, reaching great victories at the beginning of his career. When we thought he was at the lowest point or at the worst moment of his career, the change to light weight came, creating a rise and stoning that generated, in addition to a retrospective of 4 victories in a row (Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez and Max Holloway), one of the most exciting fighters today of all categories. The stumbling block in the most recent engagement against Khabib Nurmagomedov, in addition to not being a demerit to anyone, only serves to say that the champion of the category has no opponents.

Poirier has versatility even in the guts, composing a kickboxing with combinations of many strokes, a strong rhythm and a constant pressure that keeps the opponents in a constant state of alert. The pressure is so strong that we saw Eddie Alvarez and even Gaethje being overcome in this regard. Wrestling is of a good level, with efficient takedowns and timely transitions to finishes. The physical conditioning is great and can handle the five rounds well.

Defensively, the “Diamond” exposes two sides of the same coin. The good thing is that even when he is in a frank exchange of caresses, the American man can think and make good decisions in the heat of the moment and in adversity. The downside is that in faster opponents, your defensive rebuilding is superseded, leaving you exposed to clean blows.


If the UFC's goal was to promote an encounter of aggressive fighters, the choice of Dan Hooker (20-8 in MMA, 10-4 in the UFC) gives an excellent match and the opportunity to have at least one knockout of the night next Saturday.

Hooker is also a lover of pressure and cornering opponents always aiming for the knockout. To a certain extent, the New Zealander went so far as to exaggerate the power of each blow delivered during the fight, which left him with low volume and charged a certain price throughout the fight, but the problem seems to have been solved. Dan likes to fight in his pocket and relies on his punch-absorbing power to promote his opponent's encounter with Morpheus, the Greek god of sleep. However, grappling is not a strong point and can be a path explored by Poirier.

Dan Hooker has had a 7-1 record in the past 3 years, beating James Vick, Durinho, Jim Miller and Ross Pearson via the fast and painful route. As if anyone who uses the sword, perishes by the sword, was knocked out by Edson Barboza in December 2018. Since then only victories, including the last two against Al Iaquinta and Paul Felder, both in the judges' decision.
 
Poirier and Hooker have similar styles and are strong candidates for some bonus at the end of the night. Both like to exchange tabeos at speed 5 of the créu and in the distance of the dance of the maxixe and both can handle receiving blows as if tomorrow did not exist. The problem for Hooker is that whatever he does well, Poirier does much better. Better to the point that if Poirier wants, he can simply avoid fatigue and take the fight to the ground, where he has a good advantage. But let's hope that doesn't happen and the two decide to win, and in this scenario the bet here is that Poirier will get the knockout maximum in the third round.

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