‘It’s Going to be a War’- Charles Oliveira Reveals the Timeline for Dustin Poirier Fight

Published 07/11/2021, 9:11 AM EDT
ROCHESTER, NY – MAY 18: Charles Oliveira stands in the octagon during a lightweight bout against Nik Lentz at Blue Cross Arena on May 18, 2019 in Rochester, New York. Oliveira defeats Lentz in the second-round by TKO. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)


UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira was cage side at UFC 264 to watch the main event at the T-Mobile Arena. Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor went head to head for the third time and the fight ended in an unfortunate manner.

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The fight was ended via Doctor’s stoppage after Conor McGregor broke his tibia during a stand-up exchange. The gruesome injury likely put to rest a trilogy saga that has been in the works for around seven years.

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Poirier walks away with a TKO win on his record and his 12-2 in his last 14 fights. He has shown that not many fighters have the staying power to remain at the top of a division for an extended period of time.

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Charles Oliveira aims his barrel at Dustin Poirier

‘Do Bronx’ who witness the action first hand already knows who he wants to defend his belt against next. Chiefly, Oliveira vs Poirier is the only logical fight next in the lightweight division and UFC President Dana White agrees. White told ESPN that Oliveira and Poirier is “100% Next” and Charles had some views to share about Poirier.

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)

“If you look at Poirier’s game, he’s been improving a lot, he’s been putting a lot of pressure,” Oliveira said. “Actually, it’s a fight I thought was going to happen. It had to happen for a long time and if it happens, I’m ready to go. It’s going to be a war. I’m the champion and it’s a huge history. I’m ready for this.”

It’s clear that Oliveira respects Poirier’s body of work thus far and is excited to test himself against ‘The Diamond’. Many consider Poirier to be the uncrowned champion and this is a notion that Oliveira will want to squash. As the belt holder, Charles Oliveira will want nothing more than to establish his legacy for the history books.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

If he manages to dispatch Poirier with relative ease, the MMA world will begin to look at his career with a microscope. Not to mention, a win over ‘The Diamond’ would aid in boosting his stardom amongst mainstream fight fans as well.

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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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