Dustin Poirier has defied the odds and beaten Conor McGregor not formerly but doubly this time. Can he now end the time with a UFC title belt around his midriff? He takes on Charles Oliveira for his featherlight title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on December 11.
Those of you who love to go on a UFC fight ending via submission could be in for a treat coming month. Charles Oliveira defends his UFC featherlight title against Dustin Poirier at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on December 11.
For all his success, Poirier has only won an interim title in the UFC. He made his professional MMA debut in 2009 and two times latterly joined the UFC. It’s his tenth anniversary, can we go on him to make it an redundant special bone and come the undisputed featherlight champion?
His time in the UFC began with four consecutive palms. One of those triumphs was over Max Holloway, so it was clear to see the eventuality that he had. Still, his coming two fights didn’t go well for him. He lost his unbeaten record in the UFC to Chang Sung Jung and also suffered another defeat to Club Swanson in 2013.
Laying on him being suitable to come back from those defeats would n’t have been a confident one to place at that time. Three fights in a row were won however and that led to his first bout against Conor McGregor.
That took place in Las Vegas at UFC 178 in September 2014. It proved to be another disappointing evening for Poirier. Sportsbooks had McGregor as the favorite to win and he took just 106 seconds to justify that favoritism, winning by TKO.
The loss to McGregor saw Poirier move down to the featherlight division. That proved to be a success with four triumphs in a row, three of which were won in the first round. September is n’t his lucky night however. In 2016, he took on Michael Johnson in Texas and this time it was Poirier who was knocked out in the first round.
It was back to the comeback trail for Poirier and the odds on him getting a champion docked with a palm over Jim Miller. He ran into problems in his coming fight in May 2017 against Eddie Alvarez. He was knocked down in the alternate round and another loss looked probably. Still, his opponent also did commodity that would upset anyone who had go on him. Alvarez landed blows on the downed Poirier and that led to the fight being declared a no- contest.
Poirier met Alvarez again the ensuing time and this time won in the alternate round. He was climbing up the featherlight rankings with three triumphs and that earned him a shot against Max Holloway (who of course he ’d formerly beaten formerly) for the interim UFC featherlight title.
The fight was n’t held in September, so Poirier was ok and he won the interim title with a amicable decision. That led to a showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed featherlight title.
Two problems for Poirier, the first being that his opponent was in great form, the other being it took place in September. Nurmagomedov was the heavy odds on favorite with the bookies and won by submission in the third round and Poirier ended 2019 without a title belt.
A palm over Dan Hooker was his only fight last time. 2021 has seen him on the road to this title fight with two triumphs over the rather fat Conor McGregor. The odds were against Poirier, but he won the first fight at UFC 257 in January, making his Irish opponent submit in the alternate round.
A third fight between the brace was held in July. Again, Poirier came out on top with the fight stopped at the end of the first round.
Those two triumphs have propelled Poirier into this title match against Oliveria. It’s not being held in September so that’s one perk. Can he end this important time as the UFC featherlight champion? According to the Pointsbet sportsbook, Poirier is odds-on to do just that.
Still, Poirier is going to have to be on top form, If he’s to justify those odds and win the title. Oliveria last lost a fight in 2017. Since a defeat by Paul Felder, he’s won nine straight bouts and won the UFC featherlight title in May of this time.
It did n’t take him long to award anyone who ’d placed a bet on him. Oliveria beat Michael Chandler in just 19 seconds. It was a record- breaking 19th UFC finish for the Brazilian and he formerly holds the record for utmost cessions. Anyone backing Poirier to win this fight will have to remember he’s up against the UFC submission king. It promises to be a great fight coming month.