UFC 236 Occurs at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday.
The main event features current featherweight champion Max Holloway taking on Dustin Poirier for the UFC interim lightweight championship. The winner of this fight will in all probability move on to confront Khabib Nurmagomedov, current winner.
The last time Max Holloway failed to receive his hands raised was back in April 2013 in UFC Fight Night 26 where he dropped a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor. Since then Holloway has won two consecutive fights. His most recent victory was a stoppage from Brian Ortega at UFC 231. Before this Ortega fight, Holloway finished all-time featherweight great Jose Aldo in back-to-back bouts. At UFC 212 and at UFC 218. Both finishes came in the third round. At twenty-seven years old, Holloway creates the walk for the twenty-fourth moment. The born fighter has twelve wins via stoppage to go by decision along with eight.
Dustin Poirier is 4-0 over his last five fights with a no-contest because of an accidental knee to the head of a grounded fighter against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 211. But, Poirier won the rematch against Alvarez in his latest fight in UFC on FOX 30. His last few victories include Justin Gaethje, Alvarez and Anthony Pettis. All three ended within the space. Like Holloway, Poirier has also suffered a loss at the hands of Conor McGregor. Poirier’s loss proved to be a first-round knockout back in September of 2014 in UFC 178. Since then »The Diamond » is 8-1-1. The thirty-year-old will make the walk to the thirtieth time on Saturday night. Nineteen of his career wins ended within the space.
The co-main takes place at the middleweight division where Kelvin Gastelum squares off from Israel Adesanya for its UFC interim middleweight championship. The winner will face Robert Whittaker after the UFC middleweight champion is about to come back from injury. Gastelum was set to face Whittaker for the title at UFC 234 however, the champion was made to pull out only hours before the fight because of an abdominal hernia that required emergency operation.
Since getting subbed from Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25 Gastelum has won his last 2 fights. He beat Michael Bisping via knockout at UFC Fight Night 122 and then won a split decision against Ronaldo Souza in UFC 224. The twenty-seven-year-old boasts ten finishes in career successes.