- Tarrian Rodgers
Dustin Poirer and Charles Olivera headline stacked UFC 269 card
Dustin Poirer made a promise to fight fans during his last promo run and that was once he clears Conor McGregor he will pursue gold. Poirer made good on his word and will fight UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 on Dec. 11, according to ESPN. Poirier confirmed the news himself on twitter tweeting “Signed sealed and delivered.”
Olivera has been a boogeyman of the lightweight division winning nine straight bouts he has finished all but one of those fights inside the distance. Oliveira's will make his first title defense since he defeated former Bellator champion Michael Chandler for the belt, which had been vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov's abrupt retirement. Oliveira holds a 31-8 record and the UFC record for most finishes with 17. Poirier makes his long awaited title return. He earned a shot at an interim lightweight belt in 2019 and made the most of it with a win over then-featherweight champion Max Holloway, but fell to Khabib Nurmagomedov in the unification bout. After his loss, Poirer bounced back with a win against Dan Hooker and renewed his rivalry with victories over Conor McGregor. If this fight wasn’t enough UFC 269 will also have two other title fights. Amanda Nunes will defend her bantamweight title against Julianna Pena in a fight initially scheduled for UFC 265 on Aug. 7, but rescheduled after Nunes contracted COVID-19. Flyweight champion Brandon Moreno will also face former champ Deiveson Figueiredo in a trilogy fight. Moreno twice challenged Figueiredo for the title, the first bout resulted in a majority draw and the second in a third-round submission win for the UFC's first Mexican-born champion. Other fights on the card include former champs Cody Garbrandt facing Kai Kara-France and Dominick Cruz facing Pedro Munhoz also rising star Sean O'Malley will face Raulian Paiva. A venue hasn’t been announced for UFC 269 yet but the belief is that T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will host this mega card.