Dustin Poirier (28-6) will try to dethrone the Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira (31-8) at UFC 269 on December 11th. Rumors have been swirling for months and Poirier seemingly confirmed the news by posting on his social media that the contract is finalized.
The defending champion, Oliveira, won the title in impressive fashion by knocking out UFC newcomer Michael Chandler in May for the vacant title after Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from MMA in March of 2021. Oliveira has racked up a nine-fight win streak with eight of those being by way of knockout or submission.
Poirier himself has had a noteworthy year. He knocked out UFC superstar Conor McGregor in January at UFC 257. He rallied back for the rematch against McGregor in July at UFC 264 that ended in a TKO via doctor stoppage as McGregor was not able to continue fighting due to gruesomely breaking his leg. Poirier is on a three-fight win streak.
If Poirier can pull off a win against arguably one of the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners in the UFC, that would set up a fourth and final fight between him and the cash cow that is the Notorious Conor McGregor. Make no mistake about it, McGregor may have lost three out of his last four fights, but he is still the UFC’s biggest superstar and brings eyeballs to the sport. What better way to end a trilogy than with a fourth and final fight between two bitter rivals where one is champion to settle the score?
Oliveira is no easy feat and has a nine-fight win streak for a reason. This will be his first title defense, but he’s a durable guy who has beat the likes of Tony Ferguson, Michael Chandler, Kevin Lee, etc. and has multiple weapons in his arsenal. He has proven he can submit guys on the canvas or knock them out on the feet. The question is are his weapons sharper than Poirier’s?
Expect fireworks on December 11 at UFC 269.