The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada once again tonight, December 11, 2021, for UFC 269.
Headlining the card is a UFC lightweight championship bout between our newly crowned champion Charles Oliveira, who faces No. 1 contender and former interim champion Dustin Poirier in the five round main event of the evening.
Co-headlining is UFC women’s bantamweight & featherweight champion Amanda Nunes, who looks to defend her bantamweight title for the sixth time tonight in her return to the division against No. 3 ranked TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena.
But, let’s get back to our main event.
This is a fight of Cinderella men. Both the champion and challenger have had a number of ups and downs throughout their careers, check each of their records here to see for yourself:
Now, here they are fighting for the most prestigious belt in the world in this sport’s most stacked division, while both men are in their primes. This is surely exciting!
Continue reading to see how this epic lightweight championship clash went down:
Official Result: Charles Oliveira def. Dustin Poirier via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:02 of round three
There’s no way I can try to entirely justify what happened in the first round, what a war this fight is already!
The champion opens up with a flying knee, and the challenger drops him about 30 seconds in with an overhand.
Oliveira gets right back up and gets back in Poirier’s grill, throwing and landing his own strikes.
It does appear Poirier’s strikes have a lot more impact, but Oliveira’s strikes are so much more diverse. His knees and kicks to the body, along with his punches to the body and head, his knees to the head, he’s really an incredible striker at this point.
Poirier takes the first purely based on the effectiveness of his strikes, dropping the champion twice.
‘Do Bronx’ ties Poirier up to begin the second and lands some nice knees to the body. He’s able to take Poirier’s back in a standing position momentarily, before failing a takedown attempt. The champion is still however able to wrap Poirier up and end up on top.
Oliveira reigns down elbows from the guard position for the last three minutes of the round, securing it quite dominantly.
Oliveira comes out furiously to start round three and ties up with Poirier. He immediately ducks under and takes Poirier’s back, again, from a standing position.
This is the exact position we’ve seen ‘Do Bronx’ finish a handful of previous opponents in the past.
And, this is where he submits Poirier to defend his UFC lightweight championship for the first time.
Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira knocked out multi-time Bellator champion Michael Chandler in round two to claim the title, and he submits a former interim champion Dustin Poirier tonight in round three to defend it.
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