Dustin Poirier scored a unanimous judges’ decision victory to claim the UFC lightweight title against Max Holloway in an incredible main event bout at UFC 236 in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday night. Poirier (25-5, 1 no contest) got the nod after he gave an exhibition of striking throughout, and Holloway (20-4) was far more cut-up than his opponent at the conclusion at State Farm Arena. All three judges scored the bout 49-46 for Poirier. “This feels like I’m in a dream right now,” Poirier said. “I feel like I beat the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. To be best, you gotta beat the best. I earned this. This is my belt. Blood. Paid in full.” The fight opened with fireworks as the two exchanged fierce head shots toe-to-toe in the opening stanza, and featherweight champion Holloway seemed to struggle with the 30-year-old’s power. That set the tone for a slugfest on an incredible night of action in Atlanta. Holloway, making his debut at 155 pounds, began to get to grips with the heavy hands of the Louisiana man as the fight wore on, but offered no excuses after the fight. “I’m not gonna take nothing away from Dustin,” Holloway said. “He beat a world champion. This ain’t an interim belt. He beat a world champion. He is a world champion. “Nothing was different [at lightweight]. I felt good. I felt long. I thought it was my night. You win or you learn, and I learned a lot,” added Holloway, whose 13-fight winning record is over. After the fight, Poirier was asked about a potential clash with defending champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. “Get your s*** together, young man,” Poirier replied. “We’ve got a belt to fight for.” Earlier in the night, Nigeria-born New Zealand fighter Israel Adesanya claimed the middleweight interim title with a scorecard win over Kelvin Gastelum in what is already being described as one of the best fights in UFC history. Adesanya and Gastelum looked to be level at two rounds apiece heading into the final stanza, before the Kiwi dropped his opponent twice in round five to claim the win by unanimous decision.