UFC 236 Bonuses: Poirier vs. Holloway, Adesanya vs. Gastelum Both Earn 'Fight of the Night'

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 13, 2019


It’s hard to argue with the promotion’s logic in electing to hand out a pair of “Fight of the Night” bonuses at UFC 236.

With interim gold on the line in both the headliner and the co-main event, Dustin Poirier, Max Holloway, Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum made Saturday an evening to remember, combining for 50 jaw-dropping minutes of action in Atlanta. As a result, both Poirier vs. Holloway and Adesanya vs. Gastelum garnered “Fight of the Night” honors, and all four men walked away with $50,000 bonus checks.

Poirier relied on his superior power to get the best of Holloway in the main event, taking a unanimous decision over the reigning featherweight king to capture the interim 155-pound crown. Poirier had to battle through Holloway’s trademark volume-based attack in the later rounds, but he was able to survive to end the Hawaiian’s 13-bout winning streak.

Adesanya, meanwhile, needed all 25 minutes to dispatch Gastelum in the evening’s co-main event, and he was able to claim interim middleweight gold on the strength of a fifth stanza that saw him score a trio of knockdowns and attempt a pair of submissions en route to a unanimous decision triumph. The body of work from both combatants, however, is what stands out as a “Fight of the Year” candidate.

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