Entering the Octagon at UFC 236, Dustin Poirier and Israel Adesanya oozed confidence as they made their way through the crowd in Atlanta.
In the co-main event, Adesanya looked to capture the interim UFC middleweight title and silence his critics against the durable Kelvin Gastelum. Twenty-five minutes later, fans witnessed a bloody Adesanya hoist gold, voicing their admiration along the way
Poirier, on the other hand, stood across the Octagon against featherweight champion Max Holloway. Proving his first victory over the young Hawaiian was no fluke, Poirier put on the performance of a lifetime as he bloodied Holloway en route to capturing the interim UFC lightweight championship.
Check out the reaction to Dustin Poirier and Israel Adesanya’s victories below, plus the best of the rest from an action-packed card inside the State Farm Arena.
Amazing main event fights. How fighting should be!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 14, 2019
Max you are insanely tough!
Please rest up now young Uce, you are a warrior head to toe!
A champion FOREVER.
Congratulations Dustin on a much deserved UFC title to your career.
It is Nate next for you like previously scheduled.
Holloway is a Freaking Monster lol— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) April 14, 2019
In Atlanta and just seen 10 rounds of absolute madness in the main and co main event #ufc236 thank you— BRYAN BARBERENA (@bryan_barberena) April 14, 2019
Congrats @DustinPoirier on the new belt! Amazing to see champions who want to change their communities.— CRIS CYBORG (@criscyborg) April 14, 2019
Another great fight congrats guys— glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) April 14, 2019
I hate to see Max loose but I'm so freaking happy to see Poirier after so long, achieve this moment.— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) April 14, 2019
What a fight by both guys... Thank you #UFC236
That’s what @ufc Main events are all about. Wow, wow, wow! Lions going at it! Two class acts who also happen to be two of the best fighters at FW and LW. Holloway and Poirier gave us everything I hoped for and more. #UFC236— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) April 14, 2019
I don’t agree with the judges 49:46, I got a draw, my respect to both fighters, and Porier’s achievement so far cannot be denied, my congratulations Dustin, see you in September. vs— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) April 14, 2019
Nice left hand by gastelum!! Good fight so far baby!! #UFC226— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) April 14, 2019
Kelvin is putting EVERYTHING into these shots... #UFC236— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) April 14, 2019
Izzy getting in his bag now— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) April 14, 2019
What a fight!!!— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) April 14, 2019
Mind is blown !!!!!— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) April 14, 2019
What a fight.— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) April 14, 2019
Afrika has another champion @stylebender great performance— CRIS CYBORG (@criscyborg) April 14, 2019
Khalil Rountree Jr. def. Eryk Anders
Holy shit @ufc, Rountree looking like a monster, those damn kicks are smoking fast— kurt holobaugh (@KurtHolobaugh) April 14, 2019
Knocked down 4 times in one round. Corner throw in the towel or ref stop this.— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) April 14, 2019
Great performance Khalil, overall solid showing, but really had some moments of brilliance in that fight— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) April 14, 2019
Haven’t had my ass whooped like that since 4/21/1987.— Eryk Anders (@erykanders) April 14, 2019
Yup a 170 bout baby here we goooo!! Alan almost with that head kick though #ufc236live— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) April 14, 2019
Bugs the hell out of me watching high caliber @ufc fighters not know how to cut off a cage ♂️— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) April 14, 2019
Alan very upset with that decision, but I thought it was obvious Grant won, even though he moved back the entire time, which confuses judges, despite him scoring the bigger blows. #UFC236— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) April 14, 2019
I had Jouban winning ♂️ judges https://t.co/kFjxZLNK37— BRYAN BARBERENA (@bryan_barberena) April 14, 2019
Welp I saw that going differently in my head! #ufc236— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) April 14, 2019
Huge statement for The Miner!! After 5 years, Krylov gets his redemption— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) April 14, 2019
And still has yet to go the distance in his entire career haha #UFC236
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