BREAKING: Charles Oliveira Set to Defend Title at UFC 269

Published 09/02/2021, 6:08 AM EDT


The much-anticipated lightweight title fight between Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira is one step closer to reality. Recent reports suggest that a fight between the two is almost a done deal. ‘The Diamond’ and ‘Do Bronx’ are likely to face off for the 155-pound title as the headliner for UFC 269 scheduled for December 11th. The venue for the same is not confirmed at this point in time. 

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There were a lot of doubts among fans and pundits alike about the fight. In recent interviews, it did not appear that ‘The Diamond’ was rushing for a title shot. His back and forth with Nate Diaz a few weeks back suggested that he might opt for another big payday over a title shot once again. However, all that has been put to bed as the UFC has once again done what it does the best, moved to schedule fights between the best fighters in the world. 

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Dustin Poirier vs Charles Oliveira- An overview 

Dustin Poirier has been in the UFC since 2011. During that time, he has faced the best the UFC has had to offer in not one, but two divisions. Following an upset in his title challenge at UFC 242 against Khabib Nurmagomedov, ‘The Diamond’ bounced back with three straight wins against the likes of Conor McGregor and Dan Hooker. Poirier, who has looked extremely impressive in his last three fights, is confident he can overthrow Oliveira as his recent tweet suggests. 

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Do Bronx’, on the other hand, has also been in the UFC for over 10 years now. He holds records for the most fight night bonuses won, most finishes, and the most submission wins, among others. 

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In his last fight against Chandler at UFC 262, Oliveira answered a lot of doubters as he overcame adversity in the first round to secure a finish early in round two.

The fight between Poirier and Oliveira will be their 56th combined UFC bout- a new record for the most shared octagon appearances in a title fight. This bout between ‘The Diamond’ and ‘Do Bronx’ is an epic matchup between two of the best lightweight in the prime of their fighting careers. It just does not get any better than this. Who do you see walking out of the cage as the UFC lightweight champion?

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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