It was already a year before Dustin Poirier was remembered. The lightweight UFC strengthened its position in the history of mixed martial arts in 2021 by beating, beating and beating Conor McGregor twice.
But Poirier’s ultimate goal for this banner year is to finish wearing the UFC’s 155-pound championship belt once again. To do that, he will have to win the UFC 269 main fight against a champion who has to win more than his opponent.
Charles Oliveira (31-8) will meet Puare (28-6) in Las Vegas on Saturday night and complete the payout to see the big year for both men.
Poirier’s double stop at McGregor was very lucrative, but they made him one of the most famous fighters of his era, with a pleasant tenacity that was very difficult for McGregor. What Poirier dreams of more than those huge checks is the championship belt – a temporary belt that will only hold for five months in 2019.
“I have a chance to be a world champion and that alone shakes me up,” Poirier said. “I want it very much,” he said. This fight is very important for me. “
The man between Poirier and his title is a rival, and he too has been successful in his career in 2021. While Poirier wants a high win, Oliveira wants to start the title dominance.
In May, when Oliveira defeated Michael Chandler to claim the belt, the Brazilian won his 28th UFC fight – the longest wait for a champion for the first time in UFC history. Despite her experience, Oliveira, still 32 years old, wants to be the next dominant champion in the UFC’s most exciting division of the last decade.
The win over Poirier will be the most impressive of his career, having won 17 UFC fights but lost to the biggest names who shared the cage, such as Max Holloway, Anthony Pettis and Donald Serrone.
The win over Poirier would have been Oliveira’s biggest achievement behind the belt claim, and hope moved her back in May when she achieved her lifelong goal.
“We’re continuing the fight,” Oliveira said through an interpreter. “The more people follow you, the more sponsors come, so I used it, but I’m always humble and I remember where I came from.”
Oliveira’s accomplishments are astonishing: she holds the UFC record for the most suspended wins (17) and submission wins (11) in advertising history, and she has the most bonus night checks (10) for working at night. won more. Once known for his jiu-jitsu skills and overall field play, he became an enthusiastic striker who stopped Chandler with punches and won his belt.
Puare Oliveira, who has hit hard from McGregor, who was previously terrifying in his last two games, respects his ability to strike to a point.
Poirier said of Oliveira: “It’s not a big kick, it’s not the best leg movement, but it’s trying to finish you off.”
Poirier clearly believes he will prevail over Oliveira, but other rivals have been very erroneous in similar beliefs in recent years.
“He’s as dangerous as the other great guys I’ve fought, only in other areas,” Poirier said. “His numbers don’t lie. He’s one of the most dangerous to hit the canvas in the UFC and we didn’t put that aside in the training camp. It’s very dangerous. “
Oliveira has been on a nine-fight unbeaten streak at the T-Mobile Arena on the Strip since late 2017, while Poirier lost her only defeat in those four years to former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. .
Poirier and Oliveira had a modest relationship with each other in preparation for the debate. It’s a pleasing contrast to Poirier, who gritted his teeth this year when he was forced to attend unspeakable oral theaters that turned McGregor into a wealthy man. Oliveira is not interested in such tricks and she respects the skill of her opponent.
“He’s a tough and complete fighter,” Oliveira said. “He’s very tough and strong in boxing, and with his fight, everyone knows he loves to fight up to five rounds. But I worry about what I can do and what I can bring to the game. ”
Puare and Oliveira share the top spot of the UFC 269 card with two division champions Amanda Nunes (21-4), who defeated Julianna Penani (10-4) and in 135 her first defense she lost her lightweight belt. is a favorite to save. Pound since 2019. Former UFC heavyweight champions Cody Garbrandt and Dominic Cruz are among the fighters who have previously been on the map.
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