The people’s champ Dustin Poirier will take on the undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira on UFC 269 on December 11.
Charles Oliveira has had an impressive run in the lightweight division with wins over Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee, and Michael Chandler. However, his title reign is shadowed by the presence of Dustin Poirier who is widely considered the best lightweight in UFC right now.
Dustin Poirier has wins over some of the toughest opponents in the lightweight division such as Conor McGregor, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Dan Hooker, and Max Holloway. He has only lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov in recent years, which is not a bad loss looking back considering how dominant Khabib was during his lightweight journey.
So many fans believe Dustin Poirier is the uncrowned champion of the lightweight division. But, the undisputed champion, Charles Oliveira will certainly disagree with that notion.
Fortunately, the stage has been set for the much anticipated lightweight clash as this title fight is targeted for the final PPV of the year in December.
Dustin Poirier vs Charles Oliveira Early Prediction
It’s an intriguing matchup between two of the best lightweights in the world at the moment. Dustin Poirier has a striking advantage over Oliveira. Though he is not a knockout artist he certainly looks to finish fights every single time.
Poirier is also durable and can go 5 hard rounds at a high pace. On the other hand, there are still some questions surrounding Oliveira’s cardio and durability.
Charles Oliveira did prove his toughness by knocking out Michael Chandler after getting almost finished in round 1. However, Chandler did not capitalize on the knockdown in the first round and paid a heavy price for it.
Though Charles Oliveira presents serious threats with his grappling Dustin Poirier seems to have enough ammunition to deal with Oliveira on the ground.
If the fight goes the distance then it’s hard not to pick Dustin Poirier to win the fight. Poirier’s high pace and high volume will help him in a 5 round fight against Oliveira.
Though Charles Oliveira is a tough matchup for Poirier because of his grappling Dustin Poirier should be the favorite going into the title fight.