Dustin Poirier is not taking his next challenge, Charles Oliveira, lightly at all. The ‘Diamond‘ will go against Oliveira for the lightweight championship in the main event of UFC 269 on December 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The former Interim Lightweight champion showed his disagreement with Justin Gaethje’s remarks on Oliveira’s capabilities to go to the absolute limits during the fight. Poirier revealed that he is willing to take his upcoming fight to the limits. “The goal of mine is to get this fight into those deep waters and see who really wants it more,” said Poirier.
Poirier is looking confident that he is going to push Oliveira entirely. Only to see who will bleed more because he is ready to do so. Addressing the remarks made by the top contender, Gaethje, Poirier expressed that in order to judge a fighter’s abilities it is important to see what he has done in his last fight.
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The last Oliveira was inside the octagon, the Brazilian dominated Michael Chandler and registered a win over him. ” When a fighter goes out there- our last fight is the most important…. and he(Oliveira) got hurt, came back the second round and finished Michael Chandler,” said Poirier.
According to Dustin Poirier, this speaks volumes about Oliveira’s skill set and Champion’s grit. As Chandler is not an easy challenge at all which is pretty much clear after his performance against Gaethje. “ You’re as good as your last fight. He’s a world champion” said Poirier about Oliveira.
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Unlike many fight fans, Poirier has no doubts about Oliveira. He is in no mood to get trapped in that idea. Poirier expressed he is not thinking of this as an easy fight and is very cautious regarding his fight with Oliveira. “I don’t like that and I don’t want to get caught up in that mindset, a fight is a fight and this guy is very dangerous,” said Poirer.
The Americans are taking this fight as one of the most important fights for both fighters. He thinks that every experience they had throughout his career has built up to this championship bout. ” This is a huge fight for him, for his legacy, for me, and for my legacy,” said Poirer.