LAS VEGAS – If there was any doubt, Charles Oliveira proved on Saturday night at UFC 269 that he looked anything but a transitional champion in the aftermath of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement.
Oliveira (32-8, 1 NC) extended her winning streak to 10 overall and survived a wild first round to consistently finish former interim champion Dustin Poirier (28-7, 1 NC). The third round submission inside T-Mobile Arena was the first defense for the 155-pound belt Oliveira won in May by knocking out Michael Chandler.
The victory, which extended Oliveira’s UFC record for most career finishes, also provided the 32-year-old Brazilian with critical validation for a fighter’s loss to Poirier. Conor McGregor.
âI’m a world champion, I’m the man. They talk and I do,â Oliveira said. “They can hit me a lot but I’ll move on.”
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Oliveira has shown an incredible chin to stand up from several first-round knockdowns and continue to come throughout an opening frame that will likely vie for best of the year considerations to end in 2021. If he is There was any question if he had the dog in him to survive a fight with someone of Poirier’s caliber, Oliveira doubled up as he dominated the next two laps on the ground en route to the finish stop.
Throughout every stoppage of her current winning streak and career transformation, Oliveira has seemingly elevated her game to a new category every time. This time he overcame constant gunfire and a face covered, at times, in blood.
“Its sustainability [surprised me]”said Poirier.” I had some good shots on him and thought I was going [finish him] in the first round. I obviously didn’t want to give him my back. “
Although Oliveira had to go through hell to survive a wild first round, he was able to get Poirier to fight with the kind of fight he didn’t want to get into by drawing him into the kind of rhythm. reckless in which Oliveira thrives.
âThe game plan was to take my time. I got into a fight again when I wasn’t supposed to, âPoirier said. “The game plan was to take him to deep water.”
Oliveira added his name to be considered in the Fighter of the Year debate with the win and did so largely by making an early adjustment in the second round by instantly knocking out Poirier. The withdrawal led to a wild streak in which Poirier appeared to drop Oliveira with a right cross after briefly standing up, but a scramble led to Oliveira in first position.
Once the champion was able to stretch Poirier and work from the top position, his combination of short elbows and savage fight management began to expose an exhausted Poirier. Oliveira put her full weight on Poirier’s chest and used her hands to maim his opponent’s face while restricting his breathing.
Oliveira was so dominant that two of the judges scored a 10-8. He only continued his momentum in Round 3 by pushing Poirier against the cage and using the standing clinch to transition to Poirier’s back. Oliveira quickly applied a choke from behind to his standing opponent and slowly carried Poirier until he collapsed and collapsed at 1:02 of the lap.
âI have the best team in the world and I have the best people in the world,â said Oliveira.
Meanwhile, the main co-event got even crazier as Julianna Pena toppled the greatest fighter in women’s MMA history, Amanda Nunes, to claim the bantamweight title. Pena drew Nunes into a fight before ditching her and calmly locking herself in a choke to claim one of the biggest upheavals in UFC history. She ended a 12-game winning streak against Nunes, which included wins over Valentina Shevchenko (twice), Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg and more.
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UFC 269 card and results
- Charles Oliveira (c) defeated. Dustin Poirier via Third Round Submission (Naked Rear Choke)
- Julianna Pena beat. Amanda Nunes (c) via Second Round Submission (Naked Rear Choke)
- Geoff Neal defeated Santiago Ponzinibbio by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
- Kai Kara-France def. Cody Garbrandt via TKO in the first round (punches)
- Sean O’Malley won. Raulian Paiva via TKO in the first round (punches)
- Josh Emmett beat. Dan Ige via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Dominick Cruz beat. Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Tai Tuivasa beat. Augusto Sakai via KO in the second round (punch)
- Bruno Silva beat. Jordan Wright via First Round TKO (Punching)
- AndrÃ© Muniz beat. Eryk Anders via First Round Submission (Armband)
- Erin Blanchfield beat. Miranda Maverick via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ryan Hall beat. Darrick Minner via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)
- Tony Kelley beat. Randy Costa via TKO in round two (punches, elbows)
- Gillian Robertson defeated Priscila Cachoeira via first round submission (naked rear choke)