UFC 269: Dustin Poirier vs. Charles Oliveira for UFC Lightweight Title Writes Fight of the Year Everywhere | MMA News

UFC light heavyweight Paul Craig believes the lightweight title fight between Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 has “the fight of the year written all over it!” “

Oliveira will defend her UFC lightweight championship for the first time Sunday morning at UFC 269 against Poirier.

The champion won the belt at UFC 262, finishing former Bellator champion Michael Chandler in the second round after being almost stopped in the first, while Poirier comes into the fight after securing back-to-back wins over Conor McGregor.

UFC light heavyweight Paul Craig has spoken Air sports for a preview of the title fight on the latest organization map for 2021.

“There’s the fight of the year written all over it,” said the Scotsman.

He believes the contest will be an even more entertaining sight for fans than the UFC 268 lightweight bout between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler, which saw ‘The Highlight’ emerge victorious after three action-packed rounds.

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Poirier looks to cement his legacy when he faces Oliveira for UFC 269 lightweight championship

Oliveira is on a nine-game winning streak and hasn’t lost since 2017. Craig described the champion as a “jiu-jitsu wizard”, but noted that he had also developed a dangerous hitting game, demonstrating his ability to “beat and hammer people” in recent fighting.

The Brazilian’s skill on the pitch allows him to be a “dynamic striker because you don’t mind getting knocked out if you have jiu-jitsu like his.

Charles Oliveira after winning the lightweight title at UFC 262 on May 15, 2021 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX (Louis Grasse / PxImages / Icon Sportswire via AP)
Oliveira after winning the lightweight title at UFC 262 (Louis Grasse / PxImages / Icon Sportswire via AP)

“You see him playing in front of you, and he’s the champion for a reason – it’s a very tough fight for Poirier in my opinion.”

Craig considers the challenger a “boxing heavy dude who appreciates a low calf kick,” Poirier having made effective use of technique in his previous outings against McGregor earlier this year.

Dustin Poirier kicks Conor McGregor during UFC 264 lightweight fight in Las Vegas
Poirier has effectively used low calf kicks in his previous fights against Conor McGregor

However, the light heavyweight warned that if Poirier attempted to stay outside, or at the boxing pit on Sunday morning, it would work in the champion’s favor.

Poirier’s path to victory should involve his cardio, suggests Craig, and “his ability to put people against the cage, make them make mistakes, drop those big shots and knock them out.

“If I were his coach, this is what I would say to him: lean on your cardio.”

Dustin Poirier waves to the crowd during a weigh-in ceremony for a UFC 264 mixed martial arts fight on Friday, July 9, 2021 in Las Vegas.  Poirier is set to fight Conor McGregor in a lightweight bout on Saturday in Las Vegas (AP Photo / John Locher)
Poirier should use his cardio to his advantage against Charles Oliveira, says Paul Craig

Craig is touting the lightweight class as “the most exciting division in the UFC”, with Gaethje, Beneil Dariush and Islam Makhachev on the rise, all vying for future title fights, among several others. He also mentioned McGregor as a potential opponent for Poirier or Oliveira and raised the possibility of the Irishman switching weight classes.

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Craig told Sky Sports he would like to see Conor McGregor at 170 pounds when he returns

“It doesn’t matter that he’s not good at jiu-jitsu. It doesn’t matter that we saw him beaten by Poirier. He has the ability to turn off someone’s lights all at once.

“Do I want to see him again at 170?” Yes, I want it !

“McGregor is the kind of guy where whatever his weight… he has the ability to attract attention.”

Ultimately, Craig predicts Oliveira’s victory over Poirier at UFC 269 and believes that the “champion’s remote management, having a [two inch] Achieving the advantage and mixing his kicks “in combination with his power to the ground will work to his advantage.

Charles Oliveira at the official UFC 262 press conference on May 13, 2021 at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX (Louis Grasse / PxImages / Icon Sportswire via AP)
Craig predicts lightweight champion will win at UFC 269 (Louis Grasse / PxImages / Icon Sportswire via AP)

Despite this, the Scotsman believes Poirier’s cardio and heavy hands could pose a serious threat to “Do Bronx” if the fight reaches the final rounds, as “his power doesn’t seem to run out” throughout. a fight.

“As a fan, I want to see him do five laps!”

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