The Brazilian stalwart Charles Oliveira will look to defend his lightweight title in his first title defense against the former interim lightweight champion and top-ranked contender Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 269 PPV inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In the recent episode of UFC Embedded, Oliveira could be seen remembering his father’s first words from their UFC debut, 11 years ago. Oliveira channeling the energy from his father’s words during his early days as mixed martial arts has certainly remained with him even today and has made him the fighter he is right now.
“I remember when I joined the UFC, 11 years ago, my father sat down and told me, ‘We arrived, now we have to keep it. It’s easier getting to that point than it is to stay there.’ I have what he told me then in my mind when I think that it took me 11 years to become a champion. Now, I have to keep it.”
The undisputed lightweight champion of the world, Charles Oliveira will go into this fight as an underdog. A career of ups and downs that has seen Charles Oliveira triumph over several adversities, could, however, shock the world, and beat Dustin Poirier this weekend in Las Vegas.
Charles Oliveira vs Dustin Poirier for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 269
Charles Oliveira will step inside the Octagon following an incredible stoppage win over Michael Chandler. The win saw him grab the vacant UFC lightweight championship and etch his name in the history books. Meanwhile, Dustin Poirier will enter the Octagon on the back of two back-to-back wins over Conor McGregor. It’s needless to say, he will be confident going into the fight.
He has always promised a stoppage win this weekend.
Be that as it may, there’s no denying the skillset of Charles Oliveira, who has time and again proved in his tenured career as a mixed martial artist in the UFC, that he can surprise you! While the odds may be against Oliveira, it’s not the first time for the Brazilian fighter.
We are gearing up for exciting match-ups at UFC 269, and fight fans couldn’t be more excited. Who do you think gets his hand raised this weekend? Charles Oliveira or Dustin Poirier? Do let us know in the comments section.