UFC 302 Odds & Analysis: Live Betting Lines & Full Fight Card Info

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UFC 302 Odds & Analysis: Live Betting Lines & Full Fight Card Info

The UFC is in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday for UFC 302. In the main event, lightweight champion Islam Makhachev will defend his belt against former interim titleholder Dustin Poirier.

Makhachev is a heavy favorite at -600 for this 155-pound title fight. Poirier has moved all the way to +470 in underdog odds after opening at around +350 on most sportsbooks.

Makhachev vs. Poirier analysis

Makhachev (25-1) has not lost since a knockout defeat in his second UFC fight back in 2015. He took a slow path to the lightweight title but easily ran through champion Charles Oliveira to claim the belt in 2022. In that fight, he showed off his stand-up skills and punching power, highlighting his ability to do more than wrestle his way to wins.

Makhachev’s striking has come a long way in the last few years. He’s now a threat with his hands and his legs, which further opens up the takedown opportunities when he can back opponents into the fence.

Poirier (30-8) got this title shot only after top contender Arman Tsarukyan turned the bout down, citing the lack of sufficient training time between bouts. Poirier brings a lot of popularity and visibility to this event, but at 35 he would be the oldest fighter to win a UFC title fight in this weight class.

No one can doubt the knockout power in his hands at this point, but he’ll have those hands full fending off Makhachev’s takedowns. As always when Poirier fights, there’s the question of whether he’ll sacrifice position by going for the guillotine choke — a submission he has never successfully finished in a fight.

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