UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier 2 is an exciting and power-packed card. With each fight offering the chance to end in devastating fashion, UFC 236 has the potential to be one of the darkhorse candidates for most exciting cards in 2019.
Date: April 14, 2019, Time: 8:00 AM GMT+6
Location: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Venue: State Farm Arena
Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
The biggest storyline of the night is featherweight champion Max Holloway facing Dustin Poirier in a rematch for the interim lightweight championship belt. With a win, Max Holloway has the chance to join an elite club of fighters who have simultaneously held two championship belts. Only Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and Daniel Cormier have ever achieved the feat in the 25-year history of the UFC.
Standing in his way is UFC veteran and longtime contender, Dustin Poirier. Poirier handed Holloway his first career loss in his UFC debut and has a fighting style that is built to give Holloway problems. While Holloway has improved greatly on the ground during his time in the octagon, Poirier is still a far better grappler and has a significant advantage if he can get the fight to the ground.
When Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway step into the cage to fight for the second time at UFC 236, the stakes will be much higher than in their first encounter.
The two first met in 2012 at featherweight in a fight that has become almost coincidental. Both were just making their way up the ranks and finding themselves as fighters.
Now, Holloway has become a bonafide legend in the featherweight division, while Poirier has evolved into a legitimate contender for the lightweight crown. Both will take a huge step toward claiming the division for their own, as the winner will be given the interim title while Khabib Nurmagomedov waits to return from suspension.
In middleweight action, Robert Whittaker will find out who his next foe will be. Kelvin Gastelum was supposed to fight him at UFC 234, but an injury forced the champion off the card and set up Gastelum to meet with Israel Adesanya for the interim belt.
It’s a classic clash of styles that should provide fans with a great prelude to a violent main event. The fans in Atlanta shouldn’t be disappointed.