There’s plenty to look forward to during the December period and nothing more so than the UFC’s last Pay-Per-View of the year. Usually armed with only the best fighters on the roster, the upcoming event UFC 269 has plenty to offer.
The main card is scheduled for 10 pm ET / 3 am GMT at the world-famous T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, United States.
Charles Oliveria (C ) vs Dustin Poirier
Headlining the event features two fighters who you can’t help but respect. Epitomizing hard work, talent and desire, we finally see the face-off between Charles Oliveria and Dustin Poirier.
Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveria (which roughly translates to a favela native) has been awarded the golden lightweight strap after 11 hard years in the leading MMA organization. Owner of the most finishes in the UFC, the beasty Brazilian has finally found himself at the top of the game, tearing down many big names in the way.
The current lightweight champ will make his first title defense this weekend and will want to prove to the fans that he rightly deserves to be at the top.
Charles currently has wins over the likes of Nik Lentz, Jeremy Stephens, Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson, and most famously, Michael Chandler. It was the latter fight that shocked the most due to the narratives surrounding Oliveira. The 32-year-old fighter has unfortunately been tagged with giving up when things get tough in the octagon.
However, in his aforementioned bout against Chandler, all doubt was removed. Despite almost being finished in the first round, Oliveria refused to give up and went on to finish the hyped Bellator transferee in the second round with a beautiful left hand. While being used to being the underdog in big fights, his opponent also knows this far too well.
Carrying two massive wins against superstar Conor Mcgregor, Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier has beaten the who’s who of the fight game and doing it in dramatic style too. Despite a submission loss against LW goat Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Louisianan fighter has defeated Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway (x2), and Dan Hooker to name but a few. Boasting arguably the greatest CV in MMA today, Dustin has proved time and time again that he is impossible to count out.
It’ll be hard to deny either fighter the ‘Fighter of the Year’ credential to whoever wins this weekend, and that’s what makes this particular bout so intriguing. With both fighters being so well matched, it’s almost impossible to call. Will Oliveria’s Jiu-Jitsu overpower Poirier? Or will the diamond outbox Do Bronx?
Amanda Nunes (C ) vs Julianna Peña
The main event isn’t the only title fight that night, the number one pound-for-pound female fighter Amanda Nunes steps up against a rejuvenated Julianna Peña. But this fight has more than what meets the eye.
Starting with the lioness, Nunes has cemented her name in the goat status without any doubt. Owner of both the Bantamweight and Featherweight belt, Amanda has destroyed everyone in her way. In 2017 alone, Nunes beat Valentina Shevchenko and finished both Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate in the first round. It’s hard to even comprehend just how good Nunes is. Wanting to make it fifteen title fight wins in a row, Nunes is still searching for a challenge to this day. With the majority of fighters now avoiding Nunes, one bantamweight is begging to share the cage with the lioness: that is Julianna Peña.
This is where it becomes interesting. Unlike her last opponents who were already beaten in the press conference, Peña is showing a unique desire and disrespect to Nunes, sparking a new rivalry in the BW division. The ‘Venezuelan Vixen’ stands a respectable 11-4 in the UFC but insists this fight will be different from anything we’ve seen before; she’s refusing to take a step back. Believing she can counter Nunes’ power right hand, Peña promises fireworks straight from the bell, a complete parallel in behavior from what we saw in Nunes’ last bout against Megan Anderson.
While Amanda will be the huge favorite, it’ll be exciting to see if Peña can cause one of the biggest upsets of the year.
The main card is as stacked as you can expect, as we see highlight star ‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley face off against Raulian Paiva, Cody Garbrandt make his flyweight debut against Kai Kara France, and Geoff Neal and Santiago Ponzinibbio go to war on each other.
But make sure you don’t miss the prelims at 8 pm ET / 1 am GMT with power puncher Josh Emmet facesa off against Dan Ige, the legendary Dominick Cruz fights Pedro Munhoz, fan-favorite Tai Tuivasa box away against Augusto Sakai, and lastly Bruno Silva against Jordan Wright.
Us fight fans have been seriously treated this weekend, and we can’t wait!
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