Poirier already holds a victory over Holloway, but the featherweight champion doesn’t consider the rematch a revenge fight.
“If it happened, it happened,” Holloway said at the UFC 236 open workouts (via Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie). “If we cross paths, we cross paths. I didn’t spend too much time thinking about it. People dwell on the past and say, ‘You got to get this one back.’ I don’t care. I don’t care if I got it back. But our paths cross. OK, cool. We get to do this again, we get to run it back. It’s a long time ago. Max that you guys are looking at today would’ve bodied 20-year-old Max. I would’ve put him in a cemetery right down the road from my street and visited him every day on the weekends. Now we here with Dustin.”
Hollway and Poirier first met at UFC 143 in February of 2012, with Poirier picking up a first round submission win on that night.
The featherweight champion also says that he feels great heading into the main event rematch against Poirier.
“I feel great,” Holloway said. “The energy is great, training was great, we going to find out. We get to find out Saturday. Performance going to be great.”
UFC 236 takes place on Saturday, April 13 from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia with Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.