February 4, 2012 - (UFC 143)
Holloway makes his UFC debut on short notice against Poirier, the #5 featherwieght. At the time, Max is the youngest fighter on the UFC roster at 20 years of age. He's already gained attention as a good striker which Poirier takes note of. Early in the fight Max starts to control the striking and Poirier looks for a takedown. Poirier got Holloway to the ground easily where he quickly submitted Max.
Hard to believe Dustin was the #5 Featherweight coming into this fight and just now getting a title fight. Although only 23 years old Poirier is already a very well rounded and experienced fighter. He beat the #1 WEC featherwieght contender, Josh Grispi, on short notice a year before.
May 15, 2012 - (UFC on Fuel 3)
After defeating Holloway, Dustin earns his first billing in a main event. Poirier loses to WEC legend The Korean Zombie in the 2012 Fight of the Year. After the fight he makes the decision to move to American Top Team in Florida - as a way to improve by training with the best. Read about the move at MMA Junkie
June 1, 2012 - (TUF 15 Finale)
Max was close to getting the stoppage several times, but earns a unanimous decision over Pat Schilling. Max acknowledges he needs work on the mat and says he's changing a few things. BJ was coming out of retirement back then too.
August 11, 2012 - (UFC 150)
Max's starts to show his effective body attack, dropping Lawrence with a nasty liver shot on his way to 2nd round TKO.
December 15, 2012 - (TUF 16 Finale)
Poirer comes back from his first UFC loss with a dominant victory over Jonathon Brookins. He may have clinched up a D'Arce but the story of this fight was his striking.
December 29, 2012 - (UFC 155)
Holloway takes another short notice fight. This time he comes in heavily favored and wins a controversial, unanimous decision over Garcia. For those who don't remember... Garcia was a balls-out striker with a big chin & heart, tough for anyone to stop. Biggest win of Max's career thus far.
February 16, 2013 - (UFC on Fuel 7)
Poirier comes back 63 days after his win over Brookins to fight Cub on short notice. Although he landed a few good shots, Poirier lost via unanimous decision. Play-by-play from Shaun Al-Shatti MMAFighting.com. This is the first of several common opponents, it should be noted Max dominated Cub two years later.
May 25, 2013 - (UFC 160)
Holloway entered the fight as a 2-1 underdog against Bermudez. Nearly everyone thought Holloway won the fight, but it was ruled a split decision in favor of Bermudez.
August 17, 2013 - (Fight Night 26)
This is the last time Holloway lost a fight. I heard an interview with Helwani about how much he matured after this fight and plans to meet Conor again. He added two striking coaches, everything slowed down for a him and he started having fun in the octagon.
August 31, 2013 - (UFC 164)
Poirier returns to Featherweight contender status with a unanimous decision win. Koch was considered a potential contender at the time and had some good moments in a back and forth bout.
December 28, 2013 - (UFC 168)
Poirier gets the first round KO then briefly discusses his recent move to ATT and how it's helping him improve as a fighter.
January 4, 2014 - (Fight Night 34)
Max finishes Chope in an outstanding performance. This is where Holloway starts putting everything together to become the polished fighter that he is today. Robin Black does a great job pointing out Max's superpowers.
April 26, 2014 - (TUF Nations Finale)
Poirier came into the fight as 5-1 favorite and got rocked in the first round. He turned things around early in the second and landed a huge uppercut that Corassani never recovered from. Another common opponent. This time both Dustin and Max got the finish, slight edge to Max.
April 26, 2014 - (UFC 172)
"Two very good, young fighters in Andre Fili and Max Holloway clashed in a really fun scrap. Holloway is a bit greener in terms of number of fights and years fighting, but his skills are progressing at a good rate. Holloway used to be an utter joke on the ground but his high elbow guillotine was very nice and the first submission win his young career. Both fighters are at the point in their careers were you expect to see strides forward and Holloway took that step."
August 23, 2014 - (Fight Night 49)
Holloway by TKO at 3:47 in Round 3. Clay was the replacement of the replacement... I don't remember much about him.
September 27, 2014 - (UFC 178)
Almost one year after Conor beats Max... It's Poirier turn. Dustin was taken out early, I remember him saying Conor got in his head a bit right before the fight. In the obvious comparison - Max fared better although both lost decisively. Poirier returns to lightweight after this fight.
October 4, 2014 - (Fight Night 53)
More of what Robin Black pointed out in the Chope fight. You can see the same step back and return fire to get a knock down. Listen to how Max describes finishing the fight to get an idea of the incredible awareness he has. Once again, Max stepped in a replacement.
February, 2015 - (Fight Night 60)
Miller's grappling was a real concern for Holloway coming into this fight, but Max handles him fairly easily via unanimous decision. At the time of this fight Cole Miller was considered a solid fighter, but Max was heavily favored at -350. He's respected by the bettors and media, listen to the Karyn, Dom and Bisping.
April 4, 2015 - (Fight Night 63)
Dustin's first fight back at lightweight, Anik and Stann briefly discuss the switch to 155 before Poirier starts dropping bombs on Ferreira.
April 18, 2015 - (UFC on Fox 15)
Holloway dominated the fight, outstriking Cub for two rounds before submitting him in the 3rd. This is his best performance to date and entered himself as a title contender.
June 6, 2015 - (Fight Night 68)
Another great performance at lightweight for Poirier. He's starting to get himself into the title picture at 155 lbs.
August 23, 2015 - (Fight Night 74)
Now ranked as the #5 featherweight, Holloway earns his first Main Event bout. Unfortunately, the fight ends in a freak injury to Oliveira early in the first round. Add it to the win column. Max is the youngest fighter to win 10 UFC events.
December 12, 2015 - (UFC 194)
After a unanimous decision over Jeremy Stephens, Max starts talking about championship fights for the first time publicly.
January 2, 2016 - (UFC 195)
Duffy was highly respected and riding a wave of 4 straight wins, in fact he was a -195 favorite to beat Poirier. After a close first round Poirier dominates Duffy in rounds 2 & 3 for another impressive win since moving to lightweight.
June 4, 2016 - (UFC 199)
Holloway dominates Lamas for his ninth straight win. At the time Lamas was a legit contender for another title shot.
June 4, 2016 - (UFC 199)
Another tough fight for Poirier, he's always facing great opponents. Once again, a big left hand leads to a first round KO.
September 17, 2016 - (Fight Night 94)
Now the #7 lightweight, Poirier needs another win to earn himself title-shot consideration. Johnson coming off losses to Nate Diaz and Dariush is still considered a potential contender. Unfortunately, Poirier gets tagged early with a beautiful combination and loses by TKO in the first. A crushing loss at the worst time.
December 10, 2016 - (UFC 206)
Holloway came into the battle of elite strikers as nearly a 2-1 favorite. Once again, Max showcased his great footwork and body attack to earn a 3rd round stoppage of Showtime. Ten straight wins and the Interim Featherweight belt. Another common opponent, interestingly Max was a sizable favorite and Poirier a slight underdog vs Pettis.
February 11, 2017 - (UFC 208)
Piorier returns off his defeat with a majority decision victory over Jim Miller. Robin Black points out how Poirier's ground game is overlooked, which could be a huge factor in the Holloway rematch.
May 13, 2017 - (UFC 211)
What an absolute war this fight was, both guys landing huge punches leading to serious damage. In my opinion, Alvarez was on his way to winning this fight. Poirier has had some great comebacks, so we'll never know for sure.
June 3, 2017 - (UFC 212)
Interim champ Holloway goes into Brazil a slight underdog against Jose Aldo. Max weathers the early storm and then turned it on to finish Aldo in the 3rd. Undisputed Featherweight King - Max Holloway. MMA Mania Recap
November 11, 2017 - (Fight Night 120)
Dustin comes into the fight a slight underdog vs Pettis and dominates him for 2 rounds before stopping him with a broken rib in the 3rd. Poirier went for a lot of takedowns in this fight, more than his other fights. We could see a similar plan against Holloway.
December 2, 2017 - (UFC 218)
Holloway shows off his skills by dominating Jose Aldo in their rematch. Take look at Holloway's Technical Mastery.
April 14, 2018 - (UFC on Fox 29)
Poirier comes out on top in MMA Fighting's 2018 Fight of the Year.
July 28, 2018 - (UFC on Fox 30)
The Alvarez rematch turns out to be exactly what we expected. Poirier was in trouble and rallies for a big TKO setting up a well deserved title shot.
So the long journey ended with a great five round battle where both fighters had good moments. Poirer takes home a well deserved unanimous decision victory, clearly landing the more damaging punches and a huge knee. Tweet and tell me who you got.