HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Defending UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway’s next fight has been scheduled, and it won’t be at title defense at 145 pounds.
UFC president Dana White told ESPN on Friday evening that the Waianae native was slated to square up against Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight championship at UFC 236 in Atlanta. The fight is currently scheduled for April 13.
Holloway, undefeated since a 2013 loss to Conor McGregor and the UFC’s defending featherweight champion, has never competed in the 155 pound division. The division’s current champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, is currently serving a nine-month suspension for his role in a post-fight brawl in October.
The winner of April’s interim title fight would likely have the first opportunity at a unification bout against Nurmagomedov, upon the completion of his suspension.
It won’t be the first time Holloway and Poirier have face off in the octagon; the Hawaii fighter made his UFC debut against Poirier back in 2012, a contest Holloway lost via first-round submission.