Holloway vs. Poirier Set UFC 236
UFC 236 is getting a big boost with a major rematch taking place on the card.
According to Brett Okamoto, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier will fight for the interim UFC lightweight title in the main event of UFC 236.
The two have actually fought all the way back in 2012 at UFC 143 in Holloway’s debut for the company. Poirier would pick up the victory by submitting Holloway in their first fight, but Holloway would end up becoming a UFC champion later in his career while Poirier would win 12 of his next 17 fights with one of those fights resulting in a no contest.
Holloway became the interim featherweight champion in 2016 and then was the division’s sole champion starting in 2017. Holloway has made two successful title defenses since then.
The current UFC lightweight champion is Khabib Nurmagomedov, but he is serving a nine-month suspension for his role in a chaotic scuffle that had occurred after his fight against Conor McGregor last year at UFC 229. Nurmagomedov would have been eligible by April 13 if he had filmed an anti-bullying message in Nevada, but he has stated he does not intend to return until later this year, leaving UFC without an active lightweight champion.
UFC 236 is currently scheduled for April 13 but no location has yet to be announced. One fight that appears to be set for the card is an interim UFC middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum. The interim middleweight title was created as a result of current champion Robert Whittaker suffering a hernia, forcing his fight against Gastelum for UFC 234 to be canceled at the last second.
Original Story: ESPN