UFC books Charles Oliveira – Dustin Poirier

The fight that’s been rumored for a while is officially signed. We now know that UFC 269 on December 11th will be headlined by the lightweight title fight between the champion Charles Oliveira (31-8, 1 NC) and Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC).

Poirier confirmed that the fight was signed last night on Twitter and the news has been confirmed by MMA Fighting. This matchup has been in the UFC’s plans for over a month, but the fight just became final over the weekend.

Oliveira will be looking to defend his title for the first time when these two meet. He’s riding a very impressive nine-fight winning streak heading into UFC 269. That winning streak culminated by in May when he became the lightweight champion.

The two best lightweights in the UFC was considered to be Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier. With a vacated lightweight title, the UFC wanted these two to fight earlier this year. However, Poirier opted for a fight with Conor McGregor.

The UFC then switched to Oliveira against Michael Chandler. Chandler dominated the opening round almost finishing Oliveira. However, Oliveira came right out in the second round and scored a finish to become the new UFC lightweight champion.

UFC Fighter of the Year?

Dustin Poirier has the chance in December to cap off the greatest year that a combat sports athlete can have. The Diamond got the chance to fight Conor McGregor twice which netted him the biggest paydays of his career.

Poirier walked away with his hand raised both times and saw his star power rise through the roof. Now, he has the chance to do the one thing he hasn’t done which is become the undisputed UFC lightweight champion.

Poirier has tasted UFC gold before when he became the interim lightweight champion. However, he fell short in his attempt to become the undisputed champion. Now, Poirier has his chance to live out his dream and became the undisputed UFC lightweight champion.

UFC targeting December for Charles Oliveira – Dustin Poirier

It looks like we will finally find out who the best lightweight in the UFC is in December. MMA Fighting reported this afternoon that the promotion is zeroing in on a date for the proposed lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira (31-8) and Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC).

That date is December 11th and the event is UFC 269. Worth noting that the UFC has not finalized this and contracts have not been signed. That said, the promotion is moving in that direction and is scheduled to have meetings over the next couple of days to get things finalized.

Finally, Dustin Poirier is going to get another crack at the undisputed UFC lightweight title. After Khabib Nurmagomedov retired and vacated the lightweight title, many thought that Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira should have fought for the vacated title.

However, Poirier decided to secure a money fight instead. Poirier had defeated Conor McGregor back in January and the UFC offered Poirier a title shot or the trilogy with McGregor. Poirier opted for the trilogy fight which was the second highest selling UFC PPV in history.

The Diamond defeated McGregor again in July and his gamble paid off. He secured his big bag of money and now he’s getting the title shot that he deserved all along.

First UFC title defense for Oliveira

Oliveira was in the UFC’s plans for the interim title regardless of what happened with Poirier. Again, Poirier opted to go after the trilogy with McGregor which left Oliveira without an opponent.

Ultimately, the UFC booked Oliveira against Michael Chandler for the vacant undisputed lightweight title. Chandler dominated the first round of the fight and looked moments away from getting the stoppage and becoming UFC champion.

However, Oliveira stayed in the fight and held on until the end of the round. Just seconds into the second round, Oliveira dropped Chandler and went on to finish him to become the UFC lightweight champion.

Now, we are going to get the fight we should’ve had months ago. Make no mistake about it, Oliveira and Poirier are the two best lightweights in the UFC. Now, we will truly find out who is the king at 155 pounds.

UFC: Nate Diaz says he’s fighting in December

It appears that one of the most popular fighters in the UFC has his next date. Nate Diaz (20-13) took to Instagram today and announced that he would be, “Defending in December” insinuating that he will be returning to the octagon at the end of the year.

The last time we saw Diaz was at UFC 263 when he took on Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC). While Diaz has spent the majority of his career at lightweight, he’s fought his last five fights at 170 pounds.

Diaz has been more interested in fighting who’s considered to be the best than anything else. The UFC was struggling to get Leon Edwards a fight earlier this year. Given his talent and his winning streak, Diaz told the UFC he wanted to fight him.

The two met back in June. While Edwards controlled virtually the entire fight, the world was buzzing over the final minute. Diaz landed a flush 1-2 to the chin of Edwards and rocked him badly. Had that moment happened earlier in the round, Diaz might’ve finished Edwards.

However, Edwards survived and got the decision win. While Diaz is just 1-3 in his last four fights, his star power continues to grow. With him returning in December, it’ll be interesting to see who the UFC pairs him with.

Who will the UFC have Diaz fight?

In recent weeks, Diaz has really targeted Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC). Poirier and Diaz were supposed to fight a couple of years ago, but the fight fell apart before the UFC could get things finalized.

Pretty much since January, Diaz has been calling for a fight with Poirier. While it’s expected that Poirier will be fighting for the UFC lightweight title next, he said on Monday that he wasn’t ruling out a potential fight with Diaz. 

Another possiblity could be Jorge Masvidal (35-15). Gamebred and Diaz fought back at UFC 244 for the BMF title. Masvidal controlled the fight, but Diaz was coming on strong in the middle rounds. However, a doctor called a stop to the fight due to a cut over Diaz’s eye.

While Masvidal was clearly winning, it did leave a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. The UFC was originally looking to run that fight back last year, however, they ultimately scrapped that plan. With Masvidal coming off the loss to Kamaru Usman, perhaps the promotion is ready to have the BMF rematch.

Dustin Poirier not committed to any UFC offer; Open to either Charles Oliveira or Nate Diaz next

Arguably the best lightweight in the UFC gave one of his first interviews today since his big win last month. Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC) was the first guest on the return of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour on MMA Fighting this afternoon.

The Diamond has been relatively quiet since his second win over Conor McGregor (22-6) back at UFC 264. After Poirier picked up the win, it was universally expected that Poirier would be next in line for the UFC lightweight title.

However, with everything having gone quiet, there’s been no word on that fight getting finalized. While a fight with Poirier is what Charles Oliveira (31-8, 1 NC) is mentally preparing for, it might not be next for Dustin Poirier.

Poirier has always been a lightweight that has gone on his own path. Outside of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Poirier has been the best lightweight in the UFC over the last few years. If you think of any top lightweight outside of Oliveira and Nurmagomedov, Poirier has defeated them.

Originally, the UFC wanted Poirier to fight Oliveira for the title at UFC 262. However, Poirier chased the money fight and cashed in with a second win over Conor McGregor. Now, Poirier is in a very similar position.

UFC Title or Money Fight?

Poirier has been the target of recent callouts from the one and only Nate Diaz (20-13). Diaz is one of the biggest stars in the UFC and he’s been calling for a fight with Dustin Poirier for a long time.

The fight with Nate Diaz is something that Poirier has also wanted for a long time as he told Helwani today. Diaz has lost two consecutive fights, but neither fight has done anything to diminish his star power. In fact, his star power has seemingly become even greater.

He last fought at UFC 263 when he fought Leon Edwards at 170 pounds. Edwards was considered one of the best in the welterweight division and Diaz wanted to fight him because of how good he was.

Edwards controlled most of the fight, but Nate Diaz came on strong and almost finished Edwards in the final minute. While Edwards got the win, all the talk was about Nate Diaz after UFC 263.

Diaz and Poirier were once scheduled to fight and the fight fell through. Since then, both have gone back-and-forth with each other over social media. A fight between the two men seems inevitable.

Helwani told Poirier today that he believes the money fight for Poirier would be Diaz. However, the legacy fight would be for the UFC title. In reality, the ball is in Poirier’s court just like it was earlier this year. What will he do: Fight Charles Oliveira or Fight Nate Diaz? Time will tell on this one.

Conor McGregor guarantees 2022 return; Eyeing immediate UFC title shot

Conor McGregor, UFC

Last month at UFC 264, Conor McGregor (22-6) suffered arguably the toughest loss of his career. Not tough in terms of suffering a loss, but tough in terms of the injury that caused the fight to stop and his career to hit pause.

McGregor was taking on Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC) in the installment of their rivalry. Both men had finished the other by knockout in the first two fights. The third fight perfectly encapsulated the first two fights within one round.

Early on in the first round, McGregor was doing incredibly well. He was blasting Poirier with leg kicks and at one point seemed to hurt Poirier with strikes. However, Poirier quickly turned the tables and started pushing forward.

McGregor went for a guillotine choke which proved to be a grave mistake. Poirier ended up on top and dominated most of the round from that top position. Late in the round, Poirier let McGregor up and the two started striking.

The former UFC two-division champion threw his patented straight left hand and missed. When he stepped back, his leg snapped. The fight was declared over in between rounds and McGregor suffered another loss at UFC 264.

McGregor’s UFC return

The former UFC champion had surgery to fix his broken leg and he’s been rehabbing ever since. He’s been documenting his progress and McGregor is fully focused on returning to the octagon in 2022. 

Make no mistake about it, McGregor is planning on returning to the top of the UFC. In fact, he plans on going right into a title shot. McGregor had a Q&A session on his personal Twitter today where he took fan questions.

In one response, he said that he plans on walking right back into a UFC title shot. Personally, I can see it happening if Poirier is the lightweight champion. With the way the last fight ended, there still appears to be some unfinished business there.

However, McGregor talked about the fact that he’s interested in the UFC’s welterweight title. McGregor said that he would spark Kamaru Usman (19-1) which prompted a quick response from the UFC’s welterweight champion.

It’ll be interesting to see where McGregor goes upon his return. I would recommend that he returns to lightweight, but with The Notorious one, you truly never know what he and the UFC are cooking up.

UFC: Would Dustin Poirier bypass title shot for money fight with Nate Diaz?

Last weekend at UFC 264, Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC) picked up his second win over Conor McGregor (22-6) after McGregor broke his leg. With the win, Poirier has secured the next shot at Charles Oliveira (31-8, 1 NC) for the UFC lightweight title.

Through everything that’s happened since Khabib’s retirement, Dustin Poirier – Charles Oliveira have seemed destined to fight. These two are clearly the two best lightweights in the UFC and finally it appears their paths will cross.

However, there is one thing that could throw a wrench into all of this. That one thing is UFC superstar Nate Diaz (20-13). Make no mistake about it, Diaz is one of the biggest stars in the entire promotion.

Stockton’s own hunts for the big fights and he always wants to fight the best. He’s had his radar on Dustin Poirier for a long time now and that hasn’t changed. This week, Diaz took to Twitter to call out Poirier. Poirier responded say, “I’ll touch you up at any weight.”

Could Poirier bypass his UFC title shot?

If there’s anyone you should want to be in the UFC right now it’s Dustin Poirier. After Khabib retired, nobody denied the fact that Poirier is the top lightweight in the promotion. He got his huge money fight with Conor McGregor, then he was put in charge of his own destiny.

The UFC offered him the McGregor trilogy or a shot at Charles Oliveira. Poirier picked the McGregor trilogy and he made the right choice as he won the fight and the PPV did 1.8 million buys which is the second highest of all time.

Poirier earned himself a massive payday and now he still gets his UFC title shot. However, could Poirier chase another massive payday? There is unfinished business between Poirier and Diaz as they were supposed to fight a couple of years ago.

However, Poirier had to have surgery and the fight was called off. The UFC never made the fight again, but both men have continued to call the other out. It’s a dream fight for fight fans and it’s definitely something the promotion would be interested in booking.

If I had to guess, I think Poirier takes the title shot this time. He got the biggest fight possible with the McGregor trilogy and now it’s time for him to chase gold. However, if the Diaz fight does happen instead, I certainly wouldn’t be shocked.

UFC: Conor McGregor released from the hospital and expected to make his return next year

Conor McGregor, UFC

The main event at UFC 264 didn’t end the way that anyone thought it would. In the headliner, Conor McGregor (22-6) and Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC) were looking to settle the score and conclude their trilogy with each man having won one fight.

McGregor started out quick on Saturday working his kicks and was very aggressive. However, Poirier also found success on the feet at UFC 264 and it was one of his blitzes that forced McGregor to clinch in the first round to try and get space.

Poirier went for a takedown and McGregor tried to lock in a guillotine. Poirier spent the second half of the round raining down shots from the guard. Late in the round, the fight went back to the feet with just seconds left. McGregor went right back to trying to work his kicks.

Both men missed with big left straight hands and when McGregor stepped back, his leg snapped. The fight ended in between rounds and Poirier was awarded the win at UFC 264 although there still feels like some cloudiness with this rivalry considering the way this fight ended.

McGregor’s UFC Return

After UFC 264, McGregor was immediately taken to the hospital and the following day, he had surgery to repair his broken leg. McGregor posted an update on his Twitter where he talked about the fact that he will rebuild better than ever.

Dana White spoke with TMZ yesterday and talked about McGregor’s timeline. White said that McGregor was released from the hospital yesterday. He’s actually planning on staying in Los Angeles for a while before flying home.

On his timeline for his UFC return, White said that McGregor would return in about a year. I think that’s a pretty fair assessment given the injury although I wouldn’t rule out him potentially returning sooner.

We will not see McGregor in the UFC for the rest of 2021, however, I wouldn’t rule out a spring return. A lot will come down to how rehab goes and McGregor’s desire to get back in the cage. Whenever ‘The Mac’ does return, the world will be watching.

UFC: Colby Covington would welcome a fight with Dustin Poirier

UFC, Colby Covington

This past Saturday at UFC 264, Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC) picked up his second win over Conor McGregor (22-6). The fight ended after McGregor snapped his lower tibia at the end of the first round and couldn’t continue.

Regardless of what happened, it still goes in the book as a win for Poirier. Poirier’s former training partner and top welterweight contender Colby Covington (16-2) had some things to say about the fight and The Diamond as well.

Covington is currently waiting for the date for his rematch with Kamaru Usman (18-1) for the UFC welterweight title. That said, he already has his eyes on his personal rivalry with Poirier and he had some things to say.

In speaking with James Lynch, Covington called Poirier’s win at UFC 264 a fluke. In addition to that, Covington made it clear that he would love Poirier to come up to 170 pounds to fight him. He also made it clear that he doesn’t believe the fight would be competitive.

Would the UFC book this fight?

Covington told Lynch, “His (Poirier) best money opportunity if he wants to do good business is to come up to 170 and see daddy. This is a personal rivalry James… There is deep deep personal issues with this drama and I hope they get settled in the octagon some day. If they don’t then fans know who daddy is. They’ll know I’m really Parker’s daddy and I’m Jolie’s husband.”

When asked how the potential UFC matchup would go, Covington said, “I just see myself giving him a wedgie in the middle of the octagon and just slapping him all around the octagon. Throwing him from one side of the cage to the other until he quits.”

In reality, this is a matchup that could easily happen. Poirier has long talked about being interested in fighting at welterweight. Of course, Poirier is fighting for the UFC lightweight title next and Covington is fighting for the welterweight title next.

Perhaps if all works out, there could be a champion vs champion fight that could materialize between the two men. I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see Colby Covington fight Dustin Poirier eventually.

UFC: Dustin Poirier – Charles Oliveira was meant to be

This past Saturday at UFC 264, we saw the conclusion of the trilogy between Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC) and Conor McGregor (22-6). The fight ended in dramatic fashion when McGregor broke his leg at the end of the first round.

With McGregor not being able to continue, the fight was called and Poirier was declared the winner. While it’s not a clean result and definitely not the kind of win Dustin Poirier probably wants to celebrate, it still counts.

Now, the UFC is able to move past the rivalry between the two men for now and put on the title fight that should have happened in the first place. UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira (31-8, 1 NC) was sitting cageside for the main event.

Dana White said before the fight took place that the winner would fight Oliveira for the lightweight title. With Poirier’s hand getting raised, the promotion now gets to put on the title fight that the entire world wants to see.

UFC: Oliveira – Poirier

Make no mistake about it, the two best active lightweights in the UFC are Poirier and Oliveira. Going back to January’s knockout, Poirier has been nearly perfect inside the octagon lately. The lone loss came against former undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Charles Oliveira has won nine fights in a row on his way to capturing the UFC lightweight title. In those nine victories, only one of them went the distance and that is only because Tony Ferguson didn’t tap from one of the nastiest armbars I’ve ever seen.

If Ferguson was a normal man, Oliveira would be on a nine-fight finish streak. Nevertheless, the winning streak is just as impressive given the fact that he beat Tony Ferguson from pillar to post for three rounds.

Poirier and Oliveira have been on similar paths inside the UFC. Both men have lost and both men have found great success in a weight class above where they started. Both men were top prospects at featherweight before becoming stars at 155 pounds.

Now, the two men will square off to determine who is the king of the UFC lightweights. Poirier was ranked ahead of Oliveira before Oliveira became the champion. The Diamond will likely be the betting favorite heading into their fight. However, Oliveira has proven over the last few years that he just might be the best in the business at 155.

Sound Off: Who will win between Poirier and Oliveira?

What’s next for Conor McGregor after UFC 264?

Conor McGregor, UFC

This past Saturday at UFC 264 we saw the third fight between Conor McGregor (22-6) and Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC). The first round was a back-and-forth round that took place on the mat and on the feet.

The first half of the UFC 264 main event took place on the feet. In the standup, McGregor was getting the better of Dustin Poirier. However, after McGregor went for a guillotine choke, Poirier ended up on top of him in the first.

From there, Poirier did a fantastic job of landing big shots from the top position. At the end of the first, both men got back to their feet and went back to striking. Both swung big shots and missed. When McGregor stepped back, the lower half of his tibia snapped.

McGregor crumbled to the floor and defended as Poirier rained down more shots. Fortunately for McGregor, Herb Dean let the fight go. In between rounds, the fight was stopped due to the injury and UFC 264 leaves us with no clarity in the trilogy.

Some in the MMA Media or the talking heads have painted this narrative that Poirier and McGregor aren’t close to being on the same level. I couldn’t disagree more and after watching the UFC 264 main event back several times, I don’t believe there’s a big gap between the two men at all.

What’s next after UFC 264?

Dana White said that he would be open to the fourth fight between Poirier and McGregor after UFC 264’s result. I think that might be what’s next for McGregor and even Poirier said that they will have to fight again. 

That said, we don’t have a great idea on how long it will be before McGregor’s ready. The Irishman posted on Twitter last night that he would be on crutches for six weeks before starting the process of building himself back up.

My guess is that we won’t see McGregor booked for his next UFC matchup until the late spring or early next Summer. With that timeline, it could line up perfectly with Poirier should Poirier defeat Charles Oliveira near the end of the year.

I could also see the UFC giving McGregor a fight with Nate Diaz (20-13) upon his return. McGregor and Diaz have their own trilogy to complete and it would be a great fight to get McGregor back in the swing of things.

That would also allow the promotion to book Justin Gaethje – Michael Chandler as a title eliminator. If McGregor fought Diaz and won in mid-2022, perhaps he could get a shot at the UFC lightweight title and that fourth fight with Poirier late in the year.