Max Holloway’s 13-fight winning streak came to an end in a unanimous decision loss to Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 236 tonight in Atlanta.
Holloway (20-4, 16-4 UFC) lost 49-46 on all three judges’ scorecards in his first fight at 155 pounds in the UFC. Poirier (25-5, 17-4) became the UFC’s interim lightweight champion, denying Holloway an opportunity to become the fourth fighter in history to hold world titles in different divisions at the same time.
Holloway remains the UFC featherweight champion.
The difference in power shots was evident in the first round as Poirier’s significant strikes clearly did more damage than Holloway’s.
Poirier opened up a nasty cut with a knee to Holloway’s face in the third round.
“Man this feels amazing. I feel like I’m in a dream right now,” Poirier said in the cage after the fight. “I beat one of the best pound-for-pound (fighters) in the world.”
Both fighters showed plenty of respect to each other after the fight, hugging and shaking hands on multiple occasions.
“Hey I’m not going to take nothing away from Dustin. He beat a world champ. There ain’t (nothing) interim about it,” Holloway said. “Nothing was different (at 155 pounds). I felt good. I thought it was my night. I learned different tonight.”