UFC 236: UFC Lightweight knockout artists Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier will scrap for a second time with an interim title on the line TONIGHT at UFC 236 from State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
With champion Khabib Nurmagomedov sitting out for the better part of 2019 and Tony Ferguson’s mental health keeping him sidelined, UFC had to do something with the Lightweight division, but no answer would satisfy everyone. Aside from the aforementioned “El Cucuy,” Poirier was clearly the man most deserving of a big opportunity.
Holloway’s recent destruction of Brian Ortega saw him with a relatively clear schedule as well, so an opportunity was created. People may be tired of interim titles, and this bout may do little to clear up the mess at the top of the 155-pound division, but it’s a must-watch fight between deserving athletes. Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for each man.
A featherweight rematch seven years in the making will be contested at lightweight when top-ranked contender Dustin Poirier welcomes reigning UFC lightweight champion Max Holloway to the 155-pound division. The co-main event fighters are oozing with confidence, as The Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum meets the uber-charismatic Israel Adesanya for the UFC interim middleweight belt.
Saturday’s event also marks Eryk Anders’ return to the light-heavyweight division opposite Khalil Roundtree Jr. and a rematch between Ovince Saint Preux and Nikita Krylov. Take a look below for information on when, where and how to watch all the action.
UFC 236 takes place on Saturday, April 13, 2019, live from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who will be cageside, for all your live results and highlights throughout the week.
Atop the card, which is being held at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA, is a rematch between reigning UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier. The fight is for the UFC interim lightweight title. The last time these two squared off it was in the featherweight division at UFC 143, all the way back in 2012. Poirier beat Holloway with a mounted triangle on that night; will he do the same tonight? Or will Holloway become the latest ‘champ champ’ in UFC history.
The co-main event sees another interim title up for grabs, this time in the middleweight division. Competing for that temporary strap is Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya. Also on the pay-per-view card is a light heavyweight bout between Eryk Anders and Khalil Rountree Jr, a welterweight clash between Alan Jouban and Dwight Grant, and a light heavyweight contest between Ovince Saint Preux and Nikita Krylov.
The prelim card, which starts at 8PM ET, is headlined by Jalin Turner vs. Matt Frevola (lightweight). Before they tangle Wilson Reis takes on Alexandre Pantoja (flyweight), Max Griffin faces Zelim Imadaev (welterweight), and Boston Salmon fights Khalid Taha (bantamweight).
The early prelims (aired on UFC Fight Pass, but also ESPN+ for anyone who purchases the PPV) start at 6:15PM ET. The featured bout on that card is Curtis Millender vs. Belal Muhammad in the welterweight division. Before that happens bantamweights Montel Jackson and Andre Soukhamthath go at it. And before them Lauren Miller meets Poliana Botelho in the women’s flyweight division. The first fight of the night is Brandon Davis vs. Randy Costa in the bantamweight division.