UFC 236 was topped by a pair of interim title fights, and the main event was a bout between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier in the featherweight champion’s quest to hold belts at two divisions. The two fighters went to war, and while it was a razor thin decision that could’ve gone either way, judges seemed to all have wide scores of 49-46 for Poirier.
Either way, it was a terrific match up, and Poirier put it all on the cage with a spectacular performance.
Watch highlights of the contest below, along with a snippet from our UFC 236 play-by-play for more details.
Round 5 - Jab snaps Poirier’s back head something fierce. Body kick by Holloway lands. Poirier connects with a jab. They both swing and miss hooks. Counter left by Poirier stuns Holloway! Left-right combo tags Dustin. Body shot by Holloway. Good left over the top by Max. He backs Poirier up just a tad. Nice right by Max. Elbow on the exit misses. Another kick by Holloway. Poirier just off-target on a right hand. Poirier with the right. Holloway’s combo mostly misses. Sharp body shot by Holloway. Right hand lands upstairs. Left hand counter by Poirier. Head-body by Holloway. Holloway charging forward and now Poirier again pursues the takedown. Max defends it well. One minute to go. Holloway landing some short elbows. Hammerfists by Max. Thirty seconds. Kneed to the body by Max. Uppercut misses. They swing away to the very end! 48-47 Poirier.
Official result: Dustin Poirier def. Max Holloway by unanimous decision (49-46 x3) to become the UFC interim lightweight champion
They're in a fire fight early!!#UFC236 pic.twitter.com/ge9JdcrGNj— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019
NASTY elbows landing for @BlessedMMA! #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/B6rv5XDJLw— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019
Holloway talking trash while wearing the crimson mask! Wow!#UFC236 pic.twitter.com/uEtQEjzzn7— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019
The knee that cut Holloway!— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019
2-2 heading into round 5? What's your scorecard say? #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/t4ur17DRh1
The final :10!!— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019
Who do you have winning between @BlessedMMA & @DustinPoirier?! pic.twitter.com/89Y7oL5c33