Can Dustin Poirier Beat Charles Oliveira?

Published 06/24/2021, 10:52 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 27: Dustin Poirier reacts after the conclusion of his lightweight fight against Dan Hooker during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Dustin Poirier takes on Conor McGregor in an epic decider in their trilogy at UFC 264. There is a lot on the line for both men going into the fight. For starters putting an end to the trilogy and finding out who the better fighter is will be the primary aim. Secondly, the winner of the fight will most likely face the new lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, for the belt. 

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The Diamond’ had the opportunity to fight Oliveira for the vacant belt following his stoppage win over McGregor at UFC 257. However, he opted to settle the trilogy instead of fighting for the belt, which was a controversial decision. If ‘The Diamond’ can get past ‘The Notorious’ he will face ‘Do Bronx’ for the title. 

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How does Poirier match up against Oliveira and can he dethrone the new champion? Let us find out. 

How does Dustin Poirier stack up against Charles Oliveira?

Oliveira is currently on a blistering nine-fight win streak. In that time he has faced the likes of Tony Ferguson, Michael Chandler, Kevin Lee among others. What is extremely impressive is that out of the nine fights, only one has gone the distance. Oliveira has finished eight of his recent nine opponents, which is an incredible feat. 

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The Brazilian has made huge advancements in his game so far. The most notable among these is his striking. Oliviera often knocks out his opponents with well-timed punches rather than brutal power. He has landed an impressive 3.26 significant strikes per minute in the UFC, absorbing just 3.01 in return. Furthermore, he averages 2.64 takedowns per 15 minutes and 2.7 submission attempts in the same time frame. 

Poirier, on the other hand, is an extremely well-rounded fighter. However, his bread and butter is his boxing. He has landed a mind-boggling 5.59 significant strikes in his UFC career, absorbing just 4.17 in return. Poirier has a takedown defense of 61%. This is not ideal when you’re up against the likes of Oliveira. 

If the fight remains on the feet, Poirier has a very good chance of beating Oliveira as he is the superior striker. However, if the fight ends up on the ground, Oliveira has a clear advantage. 

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The potential fight between both men will be extremely close and will not have a definite winner every time. Who do you think wins in a fight between Poirier and Oliveira? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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