A bombshell dropped on the MMA world late Friday evening, when ESPN’s Brett Okamoto disclosed that UFC president Dana White confirmed to him that there will be an interim lightweight title on the line in UFC 236. In one corner will probably be high lightweight contender Dustin Poirier, while in another corner UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will endure, trying to join the select few UFC fighters that have won straps in two weight classes. Below, I will give my first thoughts on the fight, and also what it implies for the lightweight division. Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway, UFC 236 Poirier and Holloway will fulfill in the primary event of UFC 236 for the interim lightweight name. The card takes place April 13 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The co-main occasion of this card is an interim middleweight title bout between Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum, meaning two new UFC champions will be crowned that night. Before I get into the actual matchup between Poirier and Holloway, I have to speak about what this implies for the rest of the lightweight division. Obviously, the decision to make an interim title means that the advertising expects UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov to be out on the sidelines for some time. Indeed, he is scheduled to return in the oldest in November because of his suspension coming out of the post-fight brawl in UFC 226. It is possible the UFC does not even think he’ll return before the close of the season is up, and the division obviously must keep going around. The fighter who has hurt the most by this news is obviously Tony Ferguson, who’s on an 11-fight win series and who was the prior interim name holder this past year before he slipped to a TV cable and blew his knee out. Ferguson returned late last year at UFC 226 having a TKO win over Anthony Pettis and many figured he’d be the next opponent for Nurmagomedov. However, according to White, Ferguson turned into a interim name fight with Holloway, and Poirier jumped in and took his spot instead. What this means for Ferguson moving forward remains to be seen, but considering what happened to Colby Covington along with the welterweight division, it seems the UFC has moved on. As far as the Poirier vs. Holloway fight goes, it is an awesome matchup, and really a rematch as both formerly fought UFC 143 back in 2012, with Poirier beating Holloway by submission. Of course, that has been Holloway’s UFC debut and he is a very different fighter now. So is Poirier. They are both would be the top of their various games and this rematch ought to be amazing. Poirier (24-5, 1 NC) is unbeaten over his last five fights and is coming off of a TKO win over Eddie Alvarez. Holloway (20-3) is on a 13-fight win series and knocked out Brian Ortega in his last struggle. Both guys are really on top of the game at this time and this ought to be an wonderful battle. The offshore sportsbooks dropped the launching gambling odds for the struggle, with Holloway launching as a -230 betting favorite, with the comeback on Poirier in +170. The early betting action has arrived in on Holloway, however awarded Poirier’s past win more than him I expect some action to come from his way at some point or another. In any event, the sportsbooks can anticipate a large deal with this fight, which claims to become one of the most-anticipated bouts of the year. Along with Poirier vs. Holloway, UFC 236 additionally offers an interim middleweight title bout between Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum. You can have a look at my thoughts on the opening lineup for this bout here. Opening Betting Odds UFC 236: April 13, 2019 Location: Atlanta, Georgia Main Event — Interim Lightweight Title Max Holloway -230 Dustin Poirier +170 CLICK BELOW TO BET ON UFC 236 Read more: