OFFICIAL: Max Holloway(
@BlessedMMA) vs. Dustin Poirier( @DustinPoirier) will headline UFC 236 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on April 13th. This will be the first ever PPV headlined by two interim title fights. The co-main is Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya for the interim middleweight title. Back on February 4, 2012, Max Holloway lost his UFC debut to Dustin Poirier at UFC 143. That fight took place at featherweight. Poirier and Holloway will meet 7 years later for an interim title fight at a heavier division.
Holloway will enter the night on a 13-fight win streak and with an MMA record of 20-3. His last fight was a TKO victory over a previously unbeaten, Brian Ortega at UFC 231 last December. Notable wins during Holloway’s streak include José Aldo(2), Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens, Charles Oliveira, Cub Swanson, and Andre Fili. His last loss came to Conor McGregor back in 2013.
Poirier has also been on a hot streak since joining the UFC. He is 16-4-1 under the UFC banner and has won 8 of his last 10 fights. He has won his last three fights all by TKO. Some of Poirier’s notable wins include Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, Anthony Pettis, Jim Miller, and Max Holloway.
This is a huge fight for the UFC and the crazy lightweight division. Current lightweight champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov is suspended until July and will most likely be out for the entire summer due to the observance of the Muslim tradition, Ramadan. Tony Ferguson turned down the interim title fight against Max Holloway, typing on Twitter that the fight “does not meet our standards”. Conor McGregor is also serving a suspension and he will eligible to return to the Octagon in April. A fight between McGregor and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has been mentioned several times since both have teased at it on their social media accounts. As of right now, it looks like the winner of Holloway/Poirier will look to unify the lightweight titles against Khabib at an event later in 2019.