- Network:Pay-Per-View, UFC Fight PassVenue:State Farm ArenaLocation:Atlanta, GeorgiaEvent Date:April 13, 2019 at 5:45pm EDT
UFC could be ushering in a new era
It seemed as if interim championships were on their way out as several were vacated or abandoned, but injuries and suspensions to Robert Whittaker and Khabib Nurmagomedov have forced the company's hand.
Many expected former interim champion Tony Ferguson to be back in the title fold while Khabib was on the shelf and suspended, but personal issues have prevented that. Instead, an interim championship will be established, with Featherweight Champion Max Holloway moving up to take on Dustin Poirier for the right to face Nurmagomedov.
Much of the same is unfolding at Middleweight. Robert Whittaker had a recent surgery that has him sidelined, but both Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya lay claim to the top contender spot. They'll do battle at UFC 236 for that interim title.
Elsewhere on the show, Ovince Saint Preux and Nikita Krylov will run back their fight from five years ago.
Main Card (10pm EST., ESPN+)
UFC Interim Lightweight Championship
Max Holloway (20-3) vs. Dustin Poirier (24-5, 1NC)
UFC Interim Middleweight Championship
Kelvin Gastelum (15-3, 1NC) vs. Israel Adesanya (16-0)
Eryk Anders (11-3) vs. Khalil Rountree (7-3, 1NC)
Alan Jouban (16-6) vs. Dwight Grant (9-2)
Ovince St. Preux (23-11) vs. Nikita Krylov (25-6)
Preliminary Card (8pm EST., ESPN)
Jalin Turner (8-4) vs. Matt Frevola (6-1-1)
Wilson Reis (23-9) vs. Alexandre Pantoja (20-3)
Max Griffin (14-6) vs. Zelim Imadaev (8-0)
Boston Salmon (6-1) vs. Khalid Taha (12-2)
Preliminary Card (6:15pm EST., UFC Fight Pass)
Curtis Millender (17-4) vs. Belal Muhammad (14-3)
Montel Jackson (7-1) vs. Andre Soukhamthath (13-6)
Lauren Mueller (5-1) vs. Poliana Botelho (7-2)
Brandon Davis (9-5) vs. Randy Costa (4-0)
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