Charles Oliveria Vs. Dustin Poirier In The Works For UFC 269
One of the highest anticipated lightweight title bouts between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier is likely to happen at UFC 269.
Nothing is finalized and no contracts are signed yet, but this bout is reportedly in the works for December 11.
Oliveira (31-8) is the newly crowned lightweight king.
He defeated Michael Chandler in championship battle at UFC 262. He has been a member of the UFC for 11 years and had the most finishes in the promotion.
He could not archive anything significant in 145 pounds and suffered several losses there. But, now, many fans may say he is one of the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu artists in the promotion, who also knows Muay Thai skills.
He is on his 9-winning streak, and if he defeats Poirier, he will make 10 in a row.
His last three battles are the most notable.
He defeated Kevin Lee via submission guillotine choke in the third round, Tony Ferguson via unanimous decision and Chandler in the championship battle. He fought 28 times in the UFC and celebrated the victory 19 times.
Poirier (28-6) has had the best year of his career.
He started his career in the UFC at featherweight division. After changing the weight category, he defeated Max Holloway via unanimous decision and won the interim lightweight title. He guaranteed himself as the mandatory fight for Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed title, but just like other rivals of Dagestanian fighter, Poirier didn’t solve the puzzle.
Nurmagomedov defeated him in the third round via submission rear-naked choke.
Poirier suffered loss only once in his last ten contests, and this loss is against Nurmagomedov. After that, he defeated Dan Hooker and Conor McGregor twice. Poirier managed to take revenge in their rematch and knocked him out in the second round after destroying McGregor’s lead leg via calf kicks.
But just this week, Poirier said Oliveria isn’t the toughest opponent in the division.
“For a few years now, I think 155 has been one of, if not the toughest, division in the UFC,” Poirier said in an ESPN Q&A session. “It’s been top-heavy for a lot of years, with a lot of contenders waiting for their shot. And now there’s new guys in the mix, and it’s growing stronger. But right off the top, I don’t really know. I think Khabib would, but he’s not in the mix right now. Maybe Islam (Makhachev) – similar style.”