Oliveira retains lightweight title after beating Poirier at UFC 269

13:38, 12 December 2021
Oliveira retains lightweight title after beating Poirier at UFC 269 Photo: Chase Stevens/AP/ТАСС

In the co-main event underdog Julianna Peña defeated Amanda Nunes by submission and obtained her first bantamweight championship ending Nunes’s almost 2,000-day reign.

Charles Oliveira defeated former interim champion Dustin Poirier and retained his lightweight champion belt at UFC 269 held in T-Mobile Arena, Nevada, on Saturday night. Despite getting solid damage in the first round, Oliveira took the initiative and won by submission in the third round after a powerful ground attack in the second one.

Charles Oliveira vs Dustin PoirierCharles Oliveira vs Dustin PoirierChase Stevens/AP/ТАСС

Therefore, the 32-year-old Brazilian fighter extended his win streak up to ten victories and now has 32 victories and eight losses with one NC in his career.

"I'm a world champion, I'm the man. They talk and I do. They can hit me a lot but I am going to walk forward."

Defeated Poirier who occupies the first rank in the UFC lightweight rankings said that he was surprised by Oliviera’s durability after the first round.

"The game plan was to take my time. I brawled again when I wasn't supposed to. I landed some good, clean shots on him and thought I was going to finish him in the first round. I obviously didn't want to give him my back."

Rank-2 fighter Justin Gaethje met Oliviera after the fight and is believed to be the next contender for the championship.

In the co-main event, Julianna Pena unexpectedly unseated the greatest fighter in women's MMA history Amanda Nunes and won the women’s bantamweight title finishing the former champion’s 12-fight win streak.

"Don't ever doubt me again. Willpower, strength, and determination, it will take you places."

In other main card fights, Geoff Neal defeated Santiago Ponzinibbio by decision while Kai Kara-France beat Cody Garbrandt and Raulian Paiva lost to Sean O'Malley, both by TKO.