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Charles Oliveira Reveals He Has Yet To Sign A Contract To Face Dustin Poirier At UFC 269

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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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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