UFC 269: Oliveira V Poirier Results And Review

    ByElliott Nash

    Dec 12, 2021

    UFC 269: Main Card Results

    Charles Oliveira def. Dustin Poirier via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 1:02 Julianna Pena def. Amanda Nunes via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:22 Geoff Neal def. Santiago Ponzinibbio via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
    Kai Kara France def. Cody Garbrandt via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:21
    Sean O’Malley def. Raulian Paiva via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:42

    UFC 269: Prelim Results

    Josh Emmett def. Dan Ige via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
    Dominick Cruz def. Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
    Tai Tuivasa def. Augusto Sakai via KO (punches) – Round 2, 0:26
    Bruno Silva def. Jordan Wright via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:28
    Andre Muniz def. Eryk Anders via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:13
    Erin Blanchfield def. Miranda Maverick via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
    Ryan Hall def. Darrick Minner via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)
    Tony Kelley def. Randy Costa via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:15
    Gillian Robertson def. Priscila Cachoeira via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:59

    The UFC’s last PPV of the year is always full of surprises and this event was no different. Guided by the voices of Joe Rogan, Daniel Cormier and Jon Anik, UFC 269 was everything you could’ve wanted and more.

    Dustin Poirier vs Charles Oliveria

    The fight kicked off with Dustin Poirier taking the lead, allowing his premium boxing to damage the blonde Brazilian with his southpaw stance. Clearly blessed with more power than his opponent, Dustin tee’d off on the lightweight champ, looking to end it as fast as it started. Dominating the stand-up and dodging takedowns, it was hard to see how Charles Oliveria could break the diamond.
    The second round began with a nod from Poirier to his cornermen, almost as if to say “this is the round where I become champ”. He couldn’t be more wrong.

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    As Oliveria took his opponent down, the difference in grappling was stark. Charles occupied full mount and grinded elbows upon elbows on the face of his opponent. Acting as a human torture device, ‘Do Bronx’ came out the round with a handy 10-8 for his troubles.
    It was the third round that revealed the final answer. Charles Oliveria jumped the back of the standing Poirier and manoeuvred his upper limbs in an attempt to get the neck of his opponent. And that he did, tapping out Dustin Poirier just after the 1st minute of the third.

    As hard as it was seeing the Louisanna native lose his second shot of official UFC gold, there was also joy watching someone as dedicated as Oliveira win his first title defence.

    Julianna Peña vs Amanda Nunes

    The bout started as pretty much as you would expect an Amanda Nunes fight would go. Similar to her flyweight counterpart, Valentina Shevchenko, many of their fights are a one sided domination. If it’s through grappling or striking, it’s extremely rare to see either fighter be second best in these positions. And that was displayed in the first round as Nunes easily won the first five minutes of the five-round fight.

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    Looking to end the fight in the second round, Nunes went for the kill. Unfortunately for her, so did the challenger, Julianna Peña. Happy to trade blows on the feet, the Venezuelan fighter walked through the lion’s den with most not expecting her to come out alive. But that she did.

    Swapping power for placement, Peña rattled the chin of the champion, wobbling her after almost every shot she threw.

    “Oh my goodness, this is crazy” bellowed from the commentary team, the lioness retreated to the walls of the cage as Pena performed a beautiful reverse takedown. Grounding her opponent, Pena spun onto her opponent’s back, taking the neck of Amanda Nunes.
    Round 2 03:26. Julianna Pena tapped out the greatest female fighter of all time.

    Pena, who sat at a crazy +650 / (13/2) underdog, refused to give up and did what many have dreamed of; become a UFC world champion.

    While not as magical for her opponent, Nunes, took the loss with class and dignity, giving full credit to the newly crowned champ.

    Geoff Neal vs Santiago Pozinibbio

    While not as attractive as the other fights on this card, the bout was fun nonetheless. Neal, who was riding a two-fight loss streak, displayed technical striking against his wild opponent. Despite eating plenty of leg kicks, Neal managed to keep his eye on the prize as he refused to wince in pain and get the job done, regardless of how it looked.

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    Not looking to get ahead of himself, the humble Neal was as cool inside the octagon as he was out of it, insisting that calling fights was not his job, but will be happy with anyone with a number beside them.

    Kai Kara-France vs Cody Garbrandt

    With all eyes on Cody to see how he performs as flyweight, Kai took the attention and ran away with it boxing his opponent up, dropping him several times in the process. The 28-year old Kiwi fighter ruined the ex-135er’s coming out with a spectacular finish in the first round.

    Raulian Paiva vs Sean O’Malley

    Looking to prove his skills against one of his biggest tests yet, ‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley performed his typical in erratic style, knocking out the Brazilian in repetitive fashion, with only four minutes in the first round. Standing 5 foot 11 inches, the American-Irish fighter used his long reach and freakish speed to his advantage, proving, once again, that he’s more than just hype.

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