ATLANTA – The fights for the title do not improve much better than the ones we saw on Saturday night at UFC 236.
And if you start with the argument "But it was just an interim fight for the title", then feel free to edit and say fights, end point, do not do so much better than the two we have seen above UFC 236.
When classic fights of all times culminate with legitimate demonstrations of respect from the fighters, they seem even better. And that seems to be the case with Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway.
Poirier (25-5 MMA, 17-4 UFC) made a unanimous decision from Holloway (20-5 MMA, 16-5 UFC) in the UFC 236 Main Event to win the Interim Lightweight title and to embark on a possible unification fight the champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He also refused Holloway, the UFC featherweight title holder, to become a two-division champion.
Today, following a defeat that left him beaten and bloodied after 25 minutes of rematch against Poirier, Holloway paid tribute to his opponent on Twitter.
And Holloway used Poirier's nickname, "The Diamond", for a pretty solid closing line.
"Life is made of falls and scales," Holloway wrote. "Sometimes we have to lower this slide to reach the next big ladder. That's what it is. We continue to play. We continue to fight. Congratulations to Dustin and Jolie. They should already have a belt. Diamonds are eternal. "
UFC 236 was held Saturday at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The main card aired on TV following ESPN and UFC Fight Pass / ESPN + preliminary games.
There is still no timetable for the unification of the Poirier title with Nurmagomedov, although the champion, on Saturday night, mentioned September. Holloway will probably come back to 145 pounds, where he has a title that he can still defend.
For full coverage of UFC 236, see the UFC Events section of the site.
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