UFC 236 provided two incredible fights on Saturday night at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
First, Israel Adesanya claimed the interim middleweight belt, beating Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision by scores of 48-46 on all three judges’ cards. That bout, which was even on the scorecards heading into the fifth round, left fans wondering how the second fight of the night could possibly live up to the first.
Yet Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway delivered. Poirier snapped Holloway’s 13-fight win streak and won by unanimous decision with a score of 49-46 on all three cards in the main event of the night, winning the interim lightweight champion title.
The win also earned Poirier a unification bout with current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was watching along on Saturday night and said he had the fight scored as a draw.
Still, he sent his congratulations to Poirier and hinted ahead at their upcoming unification bout this fall.
I don’t agree with the judges 49:46, I got a draw, my respect to both fighters, and Porier’s achievement so far cannot be denied, my congratulations Dustin, see you in September. 🦅 vs 💎
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) April 14, 2019
When it was all said and done, UFC fighters and fans from across the world took to social media to share their excitement after watching one of the best cards of the year.
Amazing main event fights. How fighting should be!
Max you are insanely tough!
Please rest up now young Uce, you are a warrior head to toe!
A champion FOREVER.
Congratulations Dustin on a much deserved UFC title to your career.
It is Nate next for you like previously scheduled.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 14, 2019
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) April 14, 2019
What a fight.
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) April 14, 2019
Wow for these #ufc236 double headers title fights!
— Raphael Assuncao (@RaphaAssuncao) April 14, 2019
— Chris Moneymaker (@CMONEYMAKER) April 14, 2019
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) April 14, 2019
Well said, my man had a toe to toe kick boxing match with a short stubby wrestler. There’s only one Jon Jones ladies and gentlemen https://t.co/uLl2yo7DZU
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 14, 2019
— Garreth McLellan (@SoldierboyInc) April 14, 2019
— Stephie Haynes (@CrooklynMMA) April 14, 2019
That's one of the greatest UFC title fights we've ever seen.
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) April 14, 2019
Man! That main event was Bananas as well! 👏🏽 amazing! #ufc236
— BRYAN BARBERENA (@bryan_barberena) April 14, 2019
Goddamn what a Main event and Co main event! #ufc236
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) April 14, 2019
— Alptekin Ozkilic (@alpozkilicmma) April 14, 2019
I hate to see Max loose but I'm so freaking happy to see Poirier after so long, achieve this moment.
What a fight by both guys... Thank you 👏🏻👏🏻 #UFC236
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) April 14, 2019
— michael (@bisping) April 14, 2019
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) April 14, 2019
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