‘It’s Not Been Signed Yet’- Dustin Poirier Says His Team Has Agreed to Fight Charles Oliveira

Published 10/02/2021, 6:00 AM EDT


Former UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier opened up on rumors of his upcoming bout that is set for December. For a meaningful period of time, Poirier has been targeted to face Charles Oliveira on December 11 in the final pay-per-view of the year. In a sit down with Valuetainment, Poirier revealed that he will indeed face Oliveira next.

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However, Poirier mentioned that a contract for the bout has not been signed, but moves have been made to set the contest in place. Poirier has been on a collision course to contend for the undisputed championship for over a year now. ‘The Diamond’ provided some insight into the behind-the-scenes process of putting the fight together.

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 12: Dustin Poirier gestures to the crowd during the UFC 236 weigh-in at State Farm Arena on April 12, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I’m just waiting on a contract. It looks like I’ll be fighting for the lightweight world championship December 11th in Las Vegas. It’s not been signed yet, they actually leaked the news yesterday so it’s starting to get out there. I’ve agreed to it, December 11th I’m going to be the world champion.”

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In turn, Charles Oliveira has openly welcomed the challenge to face Poirier as he’s looking to cement his own legacy. A win over Poirier at this stage in his career would be a massive boost to emphasize Oliveira’s reign. ‘Do Bronx’ has had a long road to the top, and he’s keen to stay at the Apex for the remainder of his career.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 15: (R-L) Charles Oliveira of Brazil punches Michael Chandler in their UFC lightweight championship bout at Toyota Center on May 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

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Many believe that Dustin Poirier is the uncrowned champion of the division. It’s now up to Oliveira to shut down this notion. Moreover, Poirier is coming off two straight victories over Poirier and he’s looked at as a legitimate kingpin. However, Charles Oliveira’s win over Michael Chandler was inspired and there’s a lot to takeaways from his performance.

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All in all, fans are in for a treat when both men finally face off against each other. In the absence of Khabib Nurmagomedov, a figurehead position in the lightweight division has been lacking and an undisputed marauder will emerge at UFC 269.

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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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