mma / News

Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier Interim Lightweight Title Fight Set for UFC 236

February 23, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
Max Holloway UFC 218

Well, that’s certainly an interesting chain of events. Per ESPN, the UFC has confirmed that UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is set to move up in weight and challenge Dustin Poirier for an interim UFC Lightweight Championship later in April at UFC 236 in Atlanta.

As previously reported, current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is currently serving a suspension due to the post-fight brawl that took place at UFC 229. The earliest he could fight was April if he took the necessary steps to reduce his suspension. The winner of the Poirier vs. Holloway fight would likely be next in line to face Nurmagomedov.

According to ESPN’S Brett Okamoto, the fight with Max Holloway for the interim belt was initially offered to Tony Ferguson. However, it’s being stated that Ferguson turned the fight down. As a result, Poirier was given the nod.

The fight will be a rematch from UFC 143 in February 2012, which was seven years ago. In that fight, Poirier defeated Holloway by submission in the first round. The fight was Holloway’s Octagon debut. Since that time, Max Holloway has gone on to become UFC featherweight champion. Holloway is currently on a 13-fight winning streak. His last MMA defeat was to Conor McGregor by decision at UFC Fight Night 26.

Meanwhile, Dustin Poirier is unbeaten in his last five fights. He last suffered defeat at the hands of Michael Johnson by knockout at UFC Fight Night 94 in September 2016. A UFC title shot has been the one thing that’s eluded Poirier his entire WEC and UFC career.

UFC 236 is set for April 13 at the State Farm Arena. The card will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. The main card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view. Prelims will be shown on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.