UFC 269 results, highlights: Charles Oliveira submits Dustin Poirier to retain lightweight title – CBSSports.com

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LAS VEGAS — If there was any doubt coming in, Charles Oliveira proved on Saturday night at UFC 269 that he is looking like anything but a transitional champion in the aftermath of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement.
Oliveira (32-8, 1 NC) extended his win streak to 10 overall and survived a wild opening round to systematically finish former interim champion Dustin Poirier (28-7, 1 NC). The third-round submission inside T-Mobile Arena was the first defense of the 155-pound belt that Oliveira won in May by knocking out Michael Chandler.
The victory, which extended Oliveira’s UFC record for most career finishes, also provided the 32-year-old native of Brazil with the critical validation of defeating a fighter in Poirier many critics considered to be the uncrowned champion following a pair of knockouts over former titleholder Conor McGregor.
“I’m a world champion, I’m the man. They talk and I do,” Oliveira said. “They can hit me a lot but I am going to walk forward.”
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Oliveira showed an incredible chin to rise from multiple first-round knockdowns and keep coming throughout an opening frame which will likely contend for Best of Year considerations to end 2021. If there was any question whether he had the dog inside of him to survive a brawl with someone of Poirier’s caliber, Oliveira doubled down by dominating the next two rounds on the ground en route to the stoppage finish.
Throughout each stop on his current win streak and career retransformation, Oliveira has seemingly raised his game in a new category each time out. This time, he overcame constant heavy shots and a face covered, at times, in blood.
“His durability [surprised me],” Poirier said. “I landed some good, clean shots on him and thought I was going to [finish him] in the first round. I obviously didn’t want to give him my back.”
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Although Oliveira had to walk through hell to survive a wild Round 1, he succeeded in making Poirier fight the kind fight he didn’t want to coming in by luring him into the kind of reckless pace that Oliveira thrives in.
“The game plan was to take my time. I brawled again when I wasn’t supposed to,” Poirier said. “The game plan was to take him into deep waters.”
Oliveira added his name for consideration into the fighter of the year debate with the victory and largely did so by making an early adjustment in Round 2 by instantly taking Poirier down. The takedown led to a wild sequence in which Poirier appeared to drop Oliveira with a right cross after briefly getting to his feet, but a scramble led to Oliveira in top position.
Once the champion was able to stretch Poirier out and work from top position, his combination of short elbows and savage fight management began to expose an exhausted Poirier. Oliveira put all of his weight on Poirier’s chest and used his hands to maul his opponent’s face while restricting his breathing.
Raining down elbows from the top ?

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Oliveira was so dominant that two of the judges scored a 10-8 round. He only continued the momentum into Round 3 by rushing Poirier against the cage and using the standing clinch to transition to Poirier’s back. Oliveira quickly applied a choke from behind to his standing opponent and slowly wore Poirier down until he crumbled and tapped out at 1:02 of the round.
“I have the best team in the world and I have the best people in the world,” Oliveira said.
Meanwhile, the co-main event was even more crazy as Julianna Pena unseated the greatest fighter in women’s MMA history, Amanda Nunes, to claim the bantamweight title. Pena lured Nunes into a brawl before dropping her and calmly locking in a choke to lay claim to one of the biggest upsets in UFC history. She snapped a 12-fight win streak by Nunes, which included victories over the likes of Valentina Shevchenko (twice), Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg and more.
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R3: Finally, Poirier taps out. CHARLES OLIVEIRA is a bad dude. 
A new challenger approaches? ?

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These guys don’t get any better
#ANDSTILL!!! ? Your LW king ????? ??? ??????!

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Do Bronx does it again ?

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? @DustinPoirier just donated $20,000 to a hometown charity of @CharlesDoBronxs choice.

Being a champion doesn’t begin and end with twelve pounds of gold. #UFC269 pic.twitter.com/y4AElHBkX4
Wow ? ????????????
Wow @CharlesDoBronxs is a monster! #UFC269
Congrats @CharlesDoBronxs just hold in there for me?
Two great fighters, congrats Oliveira!
? @CharlesDoBronxs has still ????? seen the championship rounds in his career #UFC269
Do Bronx!!! Let’s go!! That boy is on ?? #ufc269
Charles is so good
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R3: Oliveira has the backpack and the neck of Poirier. This is where he thrives. 
ROUND 3: Oliveira closes distance quick and uses the standing clinch to take Poirier’s back. This is not good for Poirier. 
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Raining down elbows from the top ?

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R2: This is a mauling. Oliveira is using all of his tricks to make this unenjoyable for Poirier. That’s a 10-8 round for the champion (19-18 Oliveira)
R2: Poirier still has one minute to go and he’s badly tied up. 
R2: Oliveira is owning this position and savagely seeking big strikes. Huge elbows drop. 
Raining down elbows from the top ?

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R2: Brutal stuff from Oliveira in top position. Huge elbows. Poirier is in a bad place. 
R2: This is smart work from the champion. He is trying to restrict breathing and just maul Poirier, similar to what Khabib Nurmagomedov did to him. 
This can be the ppv of the year
R2: Oliveira has slowed down the pace and he’s working beautifully from top position as he tries to land elbows. Lots of pressure on the throat of Poirier. 
One of the best rounds ever?
R2: A big left hand from the clinch dropped Oliveira but it might be a trap. He hangs on to Poirier’s arm and tries to lock up a submission attempt. Oliveira sweeps into top position. 
ROUND 2: Oliviera forces the standing clinch early and tries to wrestle Poirier down. A knee to the chest from Oliveira. He gets the takedown for a second but Poirier gets back up. 

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