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Dustin Poirier Isn’t Sure How His Interim Title Fight Got Booked

February 24, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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As previously reported, Dustin Poirier is now scheduled to face UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway for an interim lightweight title at UFC 236 in April. MMAjunkie recently spoke to Poirier on gettin the fight, which you can see below.

Poirier on how the fight happened: “I’m not sure (how this happened). I don’t know. I don’t make the decisions. I don’t even know what happened. Honestly, these last few months I’ve been kept in the dark, really. I’ve been here seven weeks now in South Florida at my spot training. Not in a training camp preparing for anything, but just learning and staying on the mats. I just felt like something big was coming, and I decided to stay here. Good thing I did because I got the call for this one.”

Dustin Poirier on why he got the call: “Originally they wanted Max and Tony, and then they called me. They didn’t really have a whole lot of plans, then at the last minute they tried to put together Max vs. Tony. Then they called and said, ‘If for some reason Max falls out or doesn’t take it, you’re going to fight Tony for the interim. If for some reason Tony doesn’t make it, then you’re going to fight Max for the interim.’ Tony apparently didn’t think it was the right fight at the right time, or he had something going on. I don’t know his exact story. I’m trying to figure out why he couldn’t make the date, but honestly I don’t care. I hope everything is good for him and his family and hope he’s healthy, but this is my opportunity.”