- UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier preparing for title challenge against Charles Oliveira at UFC 269.
- Admits winning wouldn’t inspire him to target multipe title defenses.
- Hints at possible move to welterweight.
UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier is set for a title showdown against Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira at UFC 269 later this year.
Poirier, 32, will come into UFC 269’s main event riding an impressive three-fight win streak, including two victories over superstar Conor McGregor.
Not only that though – the American has remained inside the lightweight ranking’s top 5 for several years now, which, considering how stacked the division is, is testimony to how dominant the 32-year-old has been.
However, after failing to beat retired G.O.A.T contender Khabib Nurmagomedov back in 2019, Poirier is now hoping to go one better and hasn’t ruled out a change in weight should he come away from December 11th as the new king at lightweight.
No, I’m not retiring. I’m 32, man. I feel good. You see the way I’m moving out here today. I feel good. I’m having fun. If anything, I’ll go up. I’ll probably go to 170, if anything.
But no, honestly, my goal isn’t to try to have the most successful title defenses. I don’t know. We’ll see. One day at a time.
I can’t look, none of that is even a reality until December 11th happens, and I get my hand raised.Dustin Poirier talking to MMA Junkie.
I have to do that first before we can even go into these conversations because I don’t know what’s next.
I live my life one day at a time, man; a quarter-mile at a time.
Dustin Poirier: Next Fight
Ahead of UFC 269’s main event, Poirier is set to be tested to his limit as he prepares for a title bout against the hugely technical Oliviera.
Boasting the highest number of submission victories (19) in UFC history, Oliviera is dangerous in every single area of a mixed martial arts fight.
Poirier will be wary of the champion’s weapons and will definitely want to avoid any repeats from his fight against Nurmagomedov which ended in him tapping to a rear-naked choke.
UFC 269 is expected to be a massive night of fighting action with Poirier and Oliviera’s lightweight bout set to be the final pay-per-view headliner of 2021.
UFC 269 Dustin Poirier vs. Charles Oliveira: Tale of the Tape
|Dustin Poirier||Charles Oliveira|
|Weight||155 lb||155 lb|
|Last Fight||UFC 264 – July 10, 2021||UFC 262 – May 15, 2021|
|Last Opponent||Conor McGregor (won via TKO)||Michael Chandler (won via TKO)|
|Wins by Knockout||14||9|
|Wins by Submission||7||19|
|Wins by Decision||7||3|