It has been pretty clear for some time now that Dustin Poirier will be the next contender for the newly crowned Charles Oliveira. Poirier is riding a very impressive winning streak and seems to be at the top of his game. Poirier could have easily had a title shot anytime over the past year but now it seems his date is set. According to MMAFighting.com, Poirier will challenge Oliveira for the lightweight strap at UFC 269 on December 11.
This title shot has been a long time coming for Poirier. He fought for the belt back in 2019 when he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov. That fight saw Poirier walking in with the interim belt and hoping to unify it. Unfortunately for him, things didn’t go his way. After that, he has been unstoppable and has taken the path of money fights instead of fighting for gold again. defeating Dan Hooker and then Conor McGregor twice, Poirier has proven that he belongs at the top and now he is ready to prove it.
Oliveira is in the position of now defending his title. A longtime veteran of the sport and of the UFC, it took Oliveira 28 fights in the UFC to finally get that belt but now comes the hard part. For his first title defense, Poirier brings a tough test, one that Oliveira should be ready for. He has had some time since winning against Micheal Chandler in May, to assess his next possible opponents. Oliveira is now the king and the rest of the very talented lightweight contenders will come calling.
The UFC 269 card is set right now for December 11. The location for the event is not yet released, but Las Vegas would be a safe bet. Many times the big year-end Pay-Per-View cards are held in Las Vegas. This card will also feature another title bout, Amanda Nunes will be defending her bantamweight belt against Julianna Pena.
Other bouts rumored for this UFC 269 card are:
Cody Garbrandt vs. Kai Kara-France at flyweight
Gillian Robertson vs. Priscila Cachoeira at flyweight
Montana De La Rosa vs. Maycee Barber at flyweight
Who wins, Charles Oliveira or Dustin Poirier?