Charles Oliveira-Dustin Poirier Lightweight Title Bout Official for UFC 269

By: Tristen Critchfield
Oct 4, 2021

The long-anticipated lightweight championship showdown between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier is a done deal.

Poirier’s representatives confirmed to promotional broadcast partner ESPN on Sunday night that the Louisiana native has agreed to challenge Oliveira for lightweight gold at UFC 269 on Dec. 11. Poirier added his own note of confirmation via Twitter: “Signed, sealed and delivered.” was first to report the Oliveira-Poirier matchup last month.

UFC 269 doesn’t have an official location but will likely take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card is also expected to include a women’s bantamweight title tilt beetween reigning champ Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena.

Oliveira claimed the 155-pound throne vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov on May 15, when he defeat Michael Chandler via second-round TKO in the UFC 262 headliner. “Do Bronx” is currently on a nine-bout win streak that includes victories over the likes of Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee, Jim Miller and Clay Guida. He has finished all but one of those wins inside the distance.

After scoring a second-round knockout of Conor McGregor at UFC 257 in January, Poirier was believed to be the promotion’s top lightweight contender. However, “The Diamond” elected to pursue a lucrative trilogy against the Irish superstar, which he won after McGregor suffered a leg injury in the opening stanza at UFC 264 in July. Poirier has lost just once in 10 appearances — a submission defeat in a title bid against Nurmagomedov — dating back to 2017.

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