Former interim champion Poirier was challenging for the undisputed belt for the second time in his career, but the American’s newest venture ended the same way as his previous attempt – with the ‘Diamond’ losing via submission. Poirier (28-7) failed to unify the lightweight titles in 2019 as he tapped out to a rear naked choke against Khabib Nurmagomedov, who then fought once more before retiring and relinquishing the undisputed gold.
In the meantime, Poirier fought his way back to the top of the division with three straight wins, including two against old rival Conor McGregor this year. Meanwhile, Oliveira (32-8) claimed the belt vacated by Khabib, knocking out Michael Chandler in May to become lightweight champion. It all led to this highly-anticipated main event in the final UFC pay-per-view of 2021, and the in-ring action delivered on the hype, with a blistering fight ending in the third round as Oliveira submitted Poirier with a rear naked choke.
In the co-main event, Julianna Pena also won via rear naked choke, submitting Amanda Nunes in the second round to become women’s bantamweight champion. The result marked one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.
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The Brazilian already had the most finishes and most submission wins in UFC history, and he improved both records in Las Vegas on Saturday
Justin Gaethje is next for Charles Oliveira, according to UFC president Dana White’s comments ahead of tonight’s event.
Poirier: “The gameplan was to take my time. I brawled again when I wasn’t supposed to.
“His durability [surprised me]. I hit him with some good, clean shots.”
Oliveira: “I’m world champion. I’m the man. They talk, I do it.”
Charles Oliveira def. Dustin Poirier via third-round submission (rear naked choke, 1:02).
Oliveira immediately pressures Poirier, gets him against the fence then jumps on the challenger’s back!
This rarely ends well for Oliveira’s foes... He seems to have a rear naked choke locked in, Poirier briefly escapes...
But it’s back in! Poirier taps out!!!
“USA” chants from the Vegas crowd. Poirier is stuck beneath Oliveira.
The challenger survives the round.
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