Many fighters are prone to pre-fight talk, but Charles Oliveira is as close to issuing guarantees as one can be. The Brazilian has finally ascended to champion status after amassing the most finishes in the UFC (17), and most submissions in UFC history (14), something that only very few can match with their accomplishments. When the champion speaks, many listen, so his declaration of having “more weapons” comes as no surprise, according to BJPenn.com.
Oliveira (31-8-0 1 NC 19-8-0 1 NC UFC) has been in the promotion for years, with his first win coming against in his debut Darren Elkins in 2010 at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko. Oliveira fought at featherweight for years before moving up to lightweight and embarking on a title journey that will be remembered for years to come.
UFC 269 on Dec. 11 marks the first title defense for Charles Oliveira since he defeated Michael Chandler for the vacant 155-pound title. Oliveira’s ascent included dominant wins over Kevin Lee and Tony Ferguson, two notoriously tough fighters.
Many believe he is not the true champion until he defeats Dustin Poirier, and Oliveira disputes this. He sat down with MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz and suggested he has “more weapons” than Lousiana’s Poirier.
“On (December) 11, we’ll be there to prove who’s best and who’s not the best. There’s not much to say. We’ll only know when we face each other. I trust myself, I believe myself. I think I have way more weapons than him. All you guys that think (he’s No. 1), watch his last fight and watch my last fight, see what I’m good at and what he’s good at, and match it all up to see what happens,” Oliveira said. “Strikers took him down way too easily, and you know what happens if I take him down… I have firepower in my hands, I have my jiu-jitsu. I respect him a lot, but I want to remain champion, I want to keep this belt here. I couldn’t care less what others say or criticize.”
His declaration of confidence is expected, but his opponent is as well-rounded and dangerous as he is: Dustin Poirier (28-6-0 1 NC 20-5-0 1 NC UFC) has won three straight fights after his submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC lightweight title fight. The former featherweight and interim lightweight champion has beaten Dan Hooker by decision and Conor McGregor twice by finish en route to his title challenge and has had an illustrious career in the Octagon that includes wins over Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, Anthony Pettis, and Max Holloway, to name a few.
Both men have a penchant for finishes and are not known to back away from a scrap, so this fight on December 11 is sure to be fireworks. Regardless of the result, it will go down as a pivotal moment in the sport’s history and the lightweight division.
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