Dustin Poirier will have a chance to contest the UFC title at the end of the year.
Poirier (28-6) agreed to challenge Charles Oliveira (31-8) for the lightweight championship at UFC 269 on December 11. The showdown had been in talks for weeks, and Poirier told ESPN late last month that there was “a good chance” that it would happen. The 32-year-old lightweight wrote on social media Sunday that the fight is now official.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered.⚔
– The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 4, 2021
“Signed, sealed, delivered,” Poirier wrote on Twitter.
Representatives for Poirier confirmed to ESPN that he has officially accepted the title fight in December.
A win against Oliveira would close out an incredible 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 up with another TKO win against McGregor at UFC 264 at July, a fight that ended when the Irishman suffered a serious leg injury late in the first 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 by 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 from Brazil, Oliveira is on a nine-game winning streak that includes eight finals.