Oct 9, 2021
Dustin Poirier will indeed get his chance to hold UFC gold by the end of the year.
Poirier (28-6) has agreed to challenge Charles Oliveira (31-8) for the lightweight championship at UFC 269 on Dec. 11. The matchup had been in talks for weeks, and Poirier told ESPN late last month there was "a good chance" it would happen. The 32-year-old lightweight wrote on social media on Sunday that the bout is now official. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," Poirier wrote on Twitter. Representatives for Poirier confirmed to ESPN he has officially agreed to the December title fight.
A win against Oliveira would cap off an amazing year for Poirier, who has been fighting professionally since 2009. The Louisiana native kicked off 2021 by knocking out Conor McGregor in January at UFC 257. He followed that up with another TKO win against McGregor at UFC 264 in July, a fight that ended when McGregor suffered a serious leg injury at the end of the opening round. UFC 269 will mark Poirier's second attempt at an undisputed UFC championship. He challenged former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in September 2019, and lost via submission. Poirier is a former interim UFC champion, but has never held the undisputed title. Oliveira, 31, captured the vacant UFC title by knocking out Michael Chandler in May. Fighting out of Brazil, Oliveira is riding a nine-fight win streak that includes eight finishes. Fans have been waiting for a long time.