The unbeaten lightweight champion is looking at a unification bout with Poirier likely late this summer after serving a suspension.
The unbeaten Nurmagomedov last fought in late 2018 when he submitted Conor McGregor in his first UFC lightweight title defense.
The event marked the first to be available for fans via pay-er-view soley on ESPN+ as part of the new agreement between the UFC and ESPN.
Check out fight finishes from Max Holloway, Dustin Poirier and more before they compete Saturday night in Atlanta at UFC 236.
Featherweight champ Max Holloway is facing Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight belt at UFC 236 tonight - who ya got?
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Poirier discusses his Fighting Spirit ahead of his interim lightweight title fight this Saturday with featherweight champion Max Holloway.
UFC 236 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two title fights taking place Saturday on pay-per-view available.
On episode two of UFC 236 Embedded, Max Holloway, Dustin Poirier and others put the finishing touches on plans ahead of Saturday's fights.
Griffin, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, offers up his thoughts on Saturday's main event for the interim UFC lightweight title.
A pair of interim UFC titles will be on the line this Saturday night from Atlanta live on pay-per-view with bouts also airing on ESPN.
Holloway, the reigning featherweight champion, will attempt to add the interim lightweight title to his resume and avenge a prior loss to "The Diamond."
Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title and Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya for middleweight gold headline.
Over seven years ago, Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway faced off for the first time at UFC 143. The two meet again next Saturday night.
There are approximately 612 interim championship belts in circulation, so - now hear me out - why not just have an interim UFC event for them?