Dustin Poirier will be back in action on December 11 against Charles Oliveira. The number 1 ranked UFC lightweight will fight for the lightweight title at UFC 269.
Poirier last entered the octagon at UFC 264 to fight Conor McGregor. After being tied at 1-1 after Poirier’s win at UFC 257, the UFC booked the trilogy fight between the two. After absorbing some early strikes, ‘The Diamond’ took McGregor down in the fight and landed huge shots on him. However, at the end of the first round, ‘The Notorious‘ broke his leg, which forced the doctor’s stoppage. Since then, McGregor has been asking for a rematch against Poirier and doesn’t think it was a win for him that night.
In the build-up to the fight against Oliveira, Poirier sat down with the UFC. He looked at some of the memorable moments from his career at the promotion, in which the trilogy fight was there as well. While talking about the fight, and looking at the video, he said, “Submissions don’t count, and he tried to submit me. First one to shoot a takedown is a b**ch, he’s the one trying to take me down. A lot of stuff that we just tuck away and let this guy continue to run his mouth.”
“If his leg wouldn’t have broke, I would’ve broke his heart.” Poirier said. “The fight was going bad for him, I was in full control. I saw that look in his eyes of desperation that I saw in Abu Dhabi. I was going to knock him out. He wasn’t going to fight five rounds with me.”
Dustin Poirier expects an all-out war at UFC 269
‘The Diamond‘ has moved past his rivalry with McGregor and is looking forward to the next challenge. He will face one of the toughest fighters in the UFC in Charles Oliveira. ‘Do Bronx’ is on the best run of his career. The Brazilian is on a nine-fight win streak and beat the likes of Tony Ferguson and Michael Chandler on his way to the title.
Despite many people underestimating Oliveira, Poirier knows what he brings to the table. Poirier thinks people are looking past the champion, but he knows how dangerous he is. ‘The Diamond’ believes that both men will go to war. He said, “I really feel this is going to be an all-out war. I know everybody says stuff like that when they talk about their upcoming fights, but we’re both finishers. We both throw big shots in the feet. Both scramble and fight anywhere the fight goes. He wants to keep his belt, I want to wrap it around my waist. I mean, we’re gonna leave it all out there.”
Both men are highly experienced combatants. They have fought a combined 54 times in the UFC and have reached the top the hard way. Oliveira got his first title shot at UFC 262 in May 2021, 11 years after making his debut in the UFC.
Dustin Poirier also had to wait his turn to get a shot at the title. He joined the promotion in 2011 and got his first title shot after 8 years of grinding.
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