UFC 236 live blog: Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier 2

Max Holloway faces off with Dustin Poirier ahead of their interim lightweight championship main event bout at UFC 236 on Saturday at State Farm Arena in Atlanta

This is the UFC 236 live blog for Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier 2, an interim lightweight championship bout at Saturday’s UFC event at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

Holloway, the UFC’s reigning featherweight champion who is unbeaten in his last 13 fights, faces Poirier, who has won nine of his last 10 (excluding one no contest), in the main event.

The two first fought at UFC 143 back on Feb. 4, 2012. Poirier defeated Holloway by first-round submission.

Check out the UFC 236 live blog below.

Round 1: It’s gonna be hard to top the current Fight of the Year that just took place 20 minutes ago, but if anyone can do it, it’s these two gentlemen.

Max comes out tentative and Dustin is the aggressor early. He lands a good low kick. Now Holloway is pressing forward with a good straight to the body, and another. Dustin once again lands a low kick. Dustin land a huge left hand that has Max in full retreat. Up against the cage Max lands a counter that stuns Dustin! Max fires off a combo and Dustin finally gets away. Dustin land a huge right left combo that wobbles max. Dustin has Max against the fence and they are both winging. Anarchy again! Dustin buckles Max’s knees with a knee, now a left. Max is still defending but Dustin’s power is hurting him. This is a madman’s pace. Huge hooks from both men! Max is cleared eyed and Dustin backs off. Max lands a great combo now! HUGE hook from Dustin stumbles Max and then he ragdolls him to the ground. Max is up and eats another big hook. Dustin might be slowing. Another big left from Dustin and another. There’s no way Dustin can keep this pace and Max looks mostly unfazed now. Great right from Max. This evening is a wonder. Head kick from Max that is blocked and the rounds ends.

MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 Poirier.

Round 2: Dustin is spitting a lot. Max looks fine. The cardio is ridiculous. Now Max is pressuring and lands a good straight left. The crowd starts a “Holloway” chant as Dustin is backed up against the fence. Max is starting to work the body and Dustin responds with a leg kick. Max really digging into the body and that is a great strategy. Now Dustin returns in kind but Max won’t let him have the last work. Poirier lands a huge left hook in the clinch and Max is almost exclusively targeting the body. Now Max is talking to Dustin. He’s clearly feeling it but gets jawed by a big left. Max has Poirier’s rhythm down now and is starting to pile up shots. Dustin goes for a takedown but gets stuffed and Max once again works the body. Poirier is doing a good job of using a high Philly shell to block most of Max’s head punches but that body is still being worked over. Huge left hook backs Max up. He claps and gets hit again! Poirier is no wilting lily. Max gets wobbled by a big shot and is in full retreat! Poirier looks bad in there but eats a head kick. on any other night this would already be Fight of the Night.

MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 for Max Holloway (19-19 overall)

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