UFC 302 MMA Makhachev vs. Poirier: Everything about the upcoming match-up

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The MMA UFC 302 match between Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier is expected to headline the UFC Lightweight Championship coming to Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, on the 1st of June. Here's everything you need to know about this highly anticipated main card title match-up.

About the fighters - Makhachev and Poirier

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The contenders for this fight are the current lightweight belt holder, Russia's Islam Makhachev, whose fighting style is a mix of wrestling and sambo, while the challenger, the American Dustin 'The Diamond' Poirier, is primarily Brazilian jiu jitsu. Both fighters fight from a southpaw stance and are similar in physical stats. This will be the Russian 4th title match and 3rd defence of his title.

With the fight just a week from now, both contenders will be gearing up physically and mentally for what is sure to be a gruelling encounter. Being a championship bout, it will be contested over 5 rounds of five minutes with a minute break in between. Viewers can expect roughly 29 minutes of a good fight if it goes to the wire.

Betting on the UFC 302 title bout

Newark will play host to one of the most widely and eagerly anticipated clashes of the first half of the year as two pros of the Mix martial arts world go head to head in what will be their 4th title matches, respectively. In addition to the glamour of being a championship bout with the title on the line, amazing odds will certainly be on offer from top bookmakers for your pick for the win. You'll want to bet with top sites that have the most efficient sports activities promotions in order to get the best value for your wagers.

Definitely, the odds will favour the Dagestani champion to win and retain his lightweight championship belt, which will be the best bet for most bettors who want to keep it safe. Despite the defending champion looking like a sure win, The Diamond, now nearing the twilight of his professional career and retirement an imminent possibility, will be looking to have his say. This might be his last chance at a shot at the title, and having been through the roughs of the UFC, this might be his time to live up to his name. Also, the higher odds on the Louisiana native might appeal to risk-takers and bettors with an inclination for underdogs.

Every year, the UFC brings together a large majority of the world's best fighters from a number of MMA disciplines, such as boxing, karate, jiu jitsu and other contact sports. And the lightweight title is one of the most prestigious championships. There can only be one winner, and as they say, time will tell. Either way, expect both fighters to give their all at a chance for glory.

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