With the rematch now signed and sealed for the UFC 236 main-event, relive the first meeting between Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway from 2012.
The fight, which took place over seven years ago, was one that became important in the trajectories of both guys for different reasons.
Poirier, who would later find his greatest form at 155lbs, dispatched Holloway before stepping in to face off against Chan Sung Jung in a bonafide classic at UFC Fairfax.
Losses to Jung, Cub Swanson, and Conor McGregor would eventually see ‘The Diamond’ make his permanent switch to the lightweight ranks. Poirier, up until this point, has posted an (8-1, 1 NC) record in his new home.
For Max, the young man who lost to Poirier would eventually go on to lose to both Dennis Bermudez and Conor McGregor before kicking off one of the most electric win-streaks in the history of the UFC.
Losing the manner that he did in this bout no doubt served to make some very clear truths about the multi-faceted sport of MMA clear to him. Thoroughly out-grappled, the route to defeating Holloway that would later be utilised against him was noted.
The improvements he has been able to make in the time since have been massive.
Thirteen straight wins with ten finishes and seven Performance Of The Night awards saw the Hawaiian beat down veterans, legends, prospects, and champions as he eventually established himself as the best in the division.
The two guys who clashed all of those years ago are virtually unrecognizable from the two who threw down at UFC 143.
As for the fight itself, Holloway was impressing colour-commentator Joe Rogan while the fight was standing, but the 20-year-old was quickly schooled as soon as Poirier was able to get it to the floor.
The mounted-triangle-armbar finish was fluid from Dustin and one that brought his win-streak at the time to five straight.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena