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Dustin Poirier vs. Benoit Saint-Denis: High Stakes Co-Main Event at UFC 299

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has always been a league that had the very best fighters in the world competing on its stage and UFC 299 is no different with a co-main event that fans around the world are talking about in Dustin Poirier vs Benoit Saint-Denis.

The Fighters and UFC Odds

This is a fun fight that means a whole lot for the winner and the UFC odds for the match bear that out. Dustin Poirier has been a UFC mainstay for a long time now and his record proves that.

The Diamond brings power in his strikes along with an ability to continuously absorb punishment and keep pressing the action making him a nightmare for opponents.

Benoit Saint-Denis is nowhere near the veteran that Poirier is, but he’s shown that he can grapple with some of the best in the division and his inability to say die in the cage makes him a fighter to be reckoned with.

The Rising Star is an undefeated 9-0 in his career and he’s shown that he can hang with the very best wrestlers in the UFC and that may go a long way in this match against Poirier.

Saint-Denis has made a name for himself as he’s relatively new to the UFC. With his tremendous grappling and ability to control his opponents on the ground, he already has a few victories under his belt. Despite his underdog status, people would be wise not to count out Saint-Denis in this matchup.

The stakes in this co-main event are incredibly high. For Poirier, a win would further solidify his legacy in the UFC and would likely earn him another title shot. Saint-Denis, on the other hand, would see his career catapulted to new heights with a win over a seasoned veteran such as Poirier.

This co-main event is shaping up to be an instant classic between two fighters who couldn’t be any more different from one another. As the event draws near, the UFC odds are going to continue to change, so that will only add to the excitement of the high-stakes match.

Clash of Titans

The anticipation for UFC 299 is electric as Dustin Poirier and Benoit Saint-Denis prepare to throw down. Their careers have taken different paths that illustrate that the two are both a clash of styles as well as a clash of careers. Poirier’s years of seasoning as a striker taking on the upstart grappling imminence of Saint-Denis presents yet another classic example of why the striker vs. grappler formula is so perpetually compelling to fans, and the pundit, and forum predictions reflect that. Fans simply can’t wait to see how Poirier’s striking sharpens up against Saint-Denis’ slick grappling, and that all adds up to a can’t-miss co-main event for UFC 299.

In the run-up to UFC Fight Night 229 Dustin Poirier and Benoit Saint-Denis have shed light on their respective training camps. Poirier, renowned for his toughness and work rate has focused on getting his hands and hips as accurate as possible and on avoiding the Canadian’s takedown attempts.

For his part, Saint-Denis has continued to work his wrestling and his jiu-jitsu while also honing his stand-up technique to better handle the Louisiana native’s striking. Poirier and Saint-Denis both give some insight into their strategy and their continued progress, however, and it’s clear that this bout is about far more than just physical and technical prowess.

It’s not a stretch to say the result of the main event at UFC 299 will have a significant impact on the UFC rankings, in their respective division.

A win for Dustin Poirier could solidify his position as a contender, perhaps setting him up for a title shot sooner rather than later. On the other hand, if Benoit Saint-Denis secures the victory, over a respected and experienced fighter like Poirier, it could propel him to the upper echelon of the division. Once you get the world ‘elite’ attached to your name, recognition and opportunities follow. Fighters are as curious to see these new rankings as the fans are.

Historical Importance

The upcoming fight between Dustin Poirier and Benoit Saint-Denis in UFC 299 is not just another fight; it is possibly one that could be historically relevant. A win by Poirier in this fight would continue his torrid pace, establishing himself as one of the more dynamic fighters of this time, but possibly in UFC history. A split-decision victory by Saint Denis would be just shy of earth-shattering. This fight not only has the possible ambitions, but storylines that the UFC thrives on. This matchup is much more than the usual blood, sweat, and tears, but has the possibility of being an unforgettable moment. As fight night approaches, both fighters are not just fighting to win but also hoping to land their place in UFC history.

 

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