Dustin Poirier Pens Heartening Message for Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler After UFC 262

Published 05/17/2021, 2:14 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)


On Saturday, at UFC 262, the promotion got its 11th lightweight champion in the form of  Charles Oliveira. The Brazilian got the better of seasoned fighter Michael Chandler via TKO inside two rounds. Many fighters, including ‘Diamond’ Dustin Poirier, shared their views on the same.

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After the match, Poirier took to Twitter and congratulated Oliveira for the win, and had words of encouragement for Chandler who lost for the first time in the promotion after registering a victory in his first one.

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Poirier said,Congratulations @CharlesDoBronxs you earned that the hard way! Head up @MikeChandlerMMA highest of the highs and lowest of the lows.”

In brief, Oliveira and Chandler headlined the event and fought for the coveted title. The title last belonged to ‘The Eagle’ Khabib Nurmagomedov who had announced his retirement following his last match at UFC 254 against Justin Gaethje.

The match started with Oliveira taking control and after some back and forth, had Chandler under a guillotine choke. The former Bellator champion got out of it and placed a jab perfectly to dismantle Oliveira for the rest of the round. Oliveira somehow managed to survive that round.

Oliveira then started the second round positively and ultimately landed a left hook to rattle Chandler and subsequently finished the fight with punch combos.

Just like Dustin Poirier, McGregor too tweeted

Poirier’s rival McGregor too tweeted, but had a rather interesting take on Oliveira’s win. He congratulated him for becoming the 11th champion for the promotion by tweeting, “Congrats to Olivera on becoming the 11th UFC lightweight champion. Wonder who Twelve is…”

‘Twelve‘ can be an ode to his whiskey brand Proper Twelve or he is talking about the future possibility of him facing Oliveira next after Poirier consignment.

 McGregor vs Poirier 3 to decide next opponent for Oliveira

It is a no-brainer that the winner between McGregor (22-5) and Poirier (27-6) will decide the next challenger for Oliveira’s title. Both are scheduled to meet for their third, and probably final, fight at UFC 264.

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McGregor is always a wild card when it comes to title fights. So, Oliveira has enough time at his disposal to figure out strategies to fight either of them.

For now, Oliveira can go back to his native land, Brazil, and celebrate his success, which took 11 years and 28 fights in the making.

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Who do you think will end up facing Oliveira next?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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