Dustin Poirier to fight Charles Oliveira for lightweight world title at UFC 269 on December 11 after beating McGregor
DUSTIN POIRIER will challenge Charles Oliveira for the UFC lightweight title in December.
The match-up, which will headline UFC 269 on December 11, has been in the works for the last two months.
Fan favourite Poirier revealed the deal was done early on Monday morning, tweeting: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."
And multiple sources have confirmed to SunSport The Diamond's clash with the Brazilian has been finalised.
Poirier, 32, secured his second crack at lightweight gold with back-to-back stoppage victories over MMA superstar Conor McGregor.
The pride of Louisiana challenged for 155lb gold in September 2019 in a unification bout with the retired Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But the former interim titleholder came up short in the unification bout, suffering a third-round submission defeat to The Eagle.
Defending champion Oliveira will enter the bout riding a nine-fight win streak, which includes impressive wins over Kevin Lee and Tony Ferguson.
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The 31-year-old claimed the lightweight throne in May with a second-round TKO victory over former three-time Bellator welterweight champion Michael Chandler.
Do Bronx rallied in the second after being badly hurt in the previous round to complete a fairytale run to UFC gold.
And the Brazilian jiu-jitsu phenom is brimming with confidence ahead of his maiden title defence.
He recently told Sherdog: “Poirier is one of the most dangerous guys of the lightweight division.
“[He] always walks forward, but I think I’m at a different level.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
"Both in striking and also in the ground."
Although he's shown drastic improvements with his striking, Oliveira believes he'll make Poirier submit to his will.
He added: “I would submit Poirier."
Poirier is fully aware of the danger possessed by the slick submission artist, telling the Daily Mail: "Oliveira is a very dangerous guy.
"I think he's improving more and more in his striking, putting guys down, he's long especially for that weight class and I think he's probably the best jiu-jitsu practitioner in the UFC roster right now.
"He's aggressive and very offensive with his jiu-jitsu.
"He doesn't just use it to protect himself or get out of bad positions, he attacks people with it and finishes fights with it so he's a very dangerous opponent who has paid his dues and fought a long time in the UFC.
"For me, being undisputed world champion was the goal from the beginning, if I can tick that box, I've done it all in the sport of mixed martial arts."
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