Reigning undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira has revealed that he is yet to put pen to paper on a bout agreement to meet with former interim division titleholder, Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier — ahead of a projected UFC 269 meeting at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 11.
Last week, reports emerged detailing how the long-expected lightweight title showdown between Oliveira and Poirier was targeted by the promotion to serve as the headliner of their final flagship pay-per-view event of this year, although contracts for the bout had yet to be issued.
The headlining bout, however, is expected to take place on December 11. at UFC 269 — above a bantamweight title fight that has been reworked between Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes and Julianna ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ Pena, while a flyweight rematch showdown between division champion, Brandon ‘The Assassin Baby’ Moreno and Alexandre ‘The Cannibal’ Pantoja has also been briefly floated for that event.
According to Oliveira however, he has yet to sign a bout agreement to meet with Lafayette puncher, Poirier, insisting that they are still in the negotiation stage of the deal, with reports suggesting verbal agreements had been previously reached.
“Everybody is publishing that (Dustin) Poirier is going to fight with me,” Oliveira said during a recent interview with Sherdog. “But until that moment, it’s still under negotiation, I didn’t sign any contract yet.“
Last featuring himself at UFC 262 in May, Oliveira clinched the vacant lightweight title against former three-time Bellator lightweight force, Michael Chandler — knocking out the Sanford MMA staple with a rallying second round flurry.
If pitted with Poirier in December as expected, Oliveira claimed that his skills on both the ground, and on the feet, in fact, are too much for the incoming title chaser.
“Poirier is one of the most dangerous guys of the lightweight division,” Oliveira explained. “(He) always walks forward, but I think I’m at a different level, both in striking and also in (on) the ground. I would submit Poirier.”
Looking to go one better this time around and lift the undisputed lightweight title, Poirier enters a projected pairing with Oliveira off the back of a first round doctor’s stoppage TKO win over former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor at UFC 264 in July.
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