Dustin Poirier will fight for UFC gold in December after confirming his next bout will be for the lightweight championship.
Poirier, 32, will challenge Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 on December 11. After weeks of speculation, 'The Diamond' took to social media on Sunday to tell fans that the fight is now official.
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered" tweeted the American, who will receive just his second shot at a UFC title after being beaten by former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov back in September 2019.
Representatives of the former Louisiana born star later confirmed to ESPN that he was indeed referring to an upcoming clash with Oliveira.
The announcement also ends any prospect of an immediate rematch with Conor McGregor, who Poirier has beaten twice in 2021.
After losing to the Irishman back in 2014, 'The Diamond' took revenge in January this year in Abu Dhabi at UFC 257, winning via second round TKO – before prevailing again via doctor's stoppage in their trilogy fight in July.
However, McGregor's claims that the broken tibia he sustained in Las Vegas was the result of a pre-existing injury, and that the contest should have been null and voided, fuelled rumours that Poirier would face him a fourth time in an attempt to finally put their rivalry to bed.
For now though, his focus will be on Oliveira, with the Brazilian having captured the lightweight title in May by beating Michael Chandler. The 31-year-old, who boasts an overall record of 31-8-1, currently boasts a nine-fight win streak that includes eight finishes.
Poirier's victories over McGregor have taken his own record to 28-6-1, but despite being a former interim UFC champion, has never held the undisputed title.
UFC fans already seem divided over Poirier's chances, with @_maakaveli tweeting: "Oliveira is a high level jiu jitsu black belt with submission specialty.
"But Dustin is huge and his wrestling improved after his loss to Khabib. Not to mention his strong chin. I don’t have an easy choice in this fight. But Dustin won’t get finished. No sir."
@MichaelLeinbach added: "Paul Felder (In December 2017) showed how to beat Charles Oliveira and though I think Oliveira is good I believe Dustin can do exactly what tell Felder did. Styles make fights and Dustin is probably the best in the division."
A venue for the bout is yet to be confirmed.
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