Dustin Poirier defied the odds and beat Conor McGregor not once but twice this year. Can he now end the year with a UFC belt around his waist? He’s facing Charles Oliveira for his lightweight title at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on December 11.
Those of you interested in betting on a UFC fight ending by submitting an application can join a treat next month. Charles Oliveira defends his UFC lightweight belt against Dustin Poirier at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on December 11.
For all his success, Poirier has only won one provisional title in the UFC. He made his professional MMA debut in 2009 and two years later joined the UFC. It’s his 10th anniversary, can we bet he’ll make it even more special and become the undisputed lightweight champion?
His time in the UFC started with four straight wins. One of those wins went to Max Holloway, so the potential he has is clearly visible. However, his next two matches did not go well for him. He lost his UFC undefeated record to Chang Sung Jung and then suffered another defeat to Club Swanson in 2013.
Betting on he can come back from those losses wouldn’t be a confident thing to place at the time. Even so, three fights in a row were won and that led to his first fight with Conor McGregor.
That happened in Las Vegas at UFC 178 in September 2014. It was another disappointing evening for Poirier. Sportsbooks named McGregor as the favorite to win, and it took him just 106 seconds to justify that bias, winning by TKO.
The loss to McGregor caused Poirier to be relegated to lightweight. That proved to be a success with four straight wins, three of which were first-round wins. September was not his lucky night. In 2016, he faced Michael Johnson in Texas and this time it was Poirier’s turn to be eliminated in the first round.
It was the way back for Poirier and the odds for him to become champion shrunk with a win over Jim Miller. He had problems in his next game in May 2017 against Eddie Alvarez. He was knocked out in the second round and another loss looks set. However, his opponent then did something to upset anyone who had bet on him. Alvarez lands a blow to the defeated Poirier and that leads to the fight being declared unmatchable.
Poirier met Alvarez again the following year and this time won the second round. He’s climbing up the lightweight ladder with three wins and that gets him a hit against Max Holloway (who he beat once, of course) to claim the UFC’s interim lightweight title.
The fight wasn’t held in September, so Poirier was fine and he won the interim title with a unanimous decision. That led to a duel with Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed lightweight title.
Two problems for Poirier, the first is that his opponent is in great form, the other is that it happens in September. Nurmagomedov was a favorite with the bookies and won by handing in the third round and Poirier ended 2019 without a belt.
Victory over Dan Hooker was his only fight last year. 2021 has seen him on his way to battle for the title with two previous wins Conor McGregor is quite rich. The odds are against Poirier, but he won his first fight at UFC 257 in January, sending his Irish opponent to the fore in the second round.
A third fight between the pair was held in July. Again, Poirier topped with the fight stopping at the end of the first inning.
Those two wins put Poirier in this title fight with Oliveria. It’s not held in September so that’s a bonus. Will he be able to end this eventful year as the UFC lightweight champion? According to Sportsbook Pointsbet, Poirier is willing to do just that.
If he is to justify those odds and win the title, Poirier will have to be in top form. Oliveria lost his most recent fight in 2017. Since losing to Paul Felder, he has won 9 consecutive fights and won the UFC lightweight belt in May of this year.
It didn’t take long for him to reward anyone who bet on him. Oliveria beat Michael Chandler in just 19 seconds. That’s a record 19order Finished in the UFC for the Brazilian and he holds the record for most submissions. Anyone supporting Poirier winning this fight will have to remember that he is up against the subdued king of the UFC. It promises to be a great fight next month.
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