Dustin Poirier Fires Back at Reporter for Calling Charles Oliveira -“Just a Dude in the Division That Happens to Have the Belt”

Published 07/12/2021, 1:39 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier addresses the media after 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)


Dustin Poirier finally got the better of Conor McGregor with his recent win at UFC 264. He won the trilogy 2-1. Although McGregor promised to come back and fight Poirier again, it’s certain that fight fans will not see the Irishman for a while because of the lower tibia fracture he suffered at the end of the first round.

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With this win, Dustin Poirier has solidified his number one spot in the lightweight rankings. Now, the current lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, seems to be the next target for ‘The Diamond’.

Unlike his demeanor towards McGregor, Poirier has a lot of respect for the ‘Do Bronx’. He showed it in the post-fight press conference and defended Oliveira when an MMA reporter made a bold statement.

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The reporter said, “McGregor was such a big obstacle overcome the last time because he had beaten you the first time this was to prove it wasn’t a fluke. Now you get to Oliveira and he is just a dude in the division that happens to have the belt. Mentally, will that be a hurdle will that be a little bit of challenge during champ to get yourself back to that same place?”

Dustin Poirier responded, “Nah, he’s not just a guy in the division who happens to have the belt. He is a guy who has picked himself up off the canvas time and time again fought through adversity.”

Dustin Poirier says he has nothing but respect for Charles Oliveira

The UFC champion Charles Oliveira came from the streets of Brazil and built his name from scratch to get where he is today. ‘Do Bronx’ climbed the rankings by demolishing eight straight opponents to get his first title shot. He transformed himself from an inconsistent featherweight to a successful lightweight, which took him over three years.

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Poirier added, “He’s not just a guy with the belt, he’s earned every ounce of gold he has around his waist. And I have nothing but respect for guys like that.”

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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)

Oliveira has an unparalleled record with the most submission wins and the most finishes in UFC history. Hence, even based on the numbers, there is no way that Charles Oliveira is just another guy in the division who happens to have the belt.

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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