Charles Oliveira Ready to Hunt Down Dustin Poirier After UFC 257

Published 01/25/2021, 1:09 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Charles Oliveira of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC lightweight Charles Oliveira took to social media and sounded off on Dustin Poirier’s incredible victory of Conor McGregor. Both men met at UFC 257’s main event, and Poirier put forward the biggest win of his professional career. He became the first man to definitely TKO McGregor in MMA. The visual of McGregor on the canvas will not easily slip from the minds of the fans.

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Furthermore, there is something to be said for the manner in which ‘The Diamond’ went about executing his game plan. The early emphasis on leg kicks was the clear difference-maker that began to slow down the Irishman’s pace. Charles Oliveira acknowledged Poirier’s standout performance and welcomed the idea of facing the Louisiana native.

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Chiefly, the victory puts Poirier in rarified air as he’s now walked through multiple modern-day champions on the roster. Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, Max Holloway, and now McGregor are just some of the names that have been scalped recently. Oliveira recognizes the importance of halting Poirier’s meteoric ascent up the ladder and will want to snag a statement win.

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‘Do Bronx’ is on an 8-fight win streak but didn’t truly enter the radar of the casual fanbase until his last performance. Oliveira dominated interim champion Tony Ferguson from pillar to post and cruised to a comfortable decision win. Ferguson couldn’t handle the Brazilian in any facet of the game and was out of his depth.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliveira of Brazil face off during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Following the victory, the MMA community truly recognized the magnitude of Charles Oliveira’s viability as a contender. He’s now in a pole position to fight for gold, and he’s certainly capitalizing on his shine by the Poirier call-out. Looking at both of their last performances, it’s easy to see why they’re front runners in the lightweight division.

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Stylistically the match-up is extremely interesting if one looks at the clinical manner in which both men construct their offense. In the grappling realm as well, the fight promises to deliver as it will be a high-level display between black belts. Regardless of the outcome, Poirier vs Oliveira is the bout to make as Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to retire.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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