Dustin Poirier has won four of his five fights at 170lbs
Welterweight title fight – Dustin Poirier vs Charles Oliveira UK time: 30:00 GMT –
Dude, will you have seen this fight yet? Not just any fight, but a pound-for-pound world title contest between two of the finest 145lb fighters the world has to offer.
As you may have heard, the UFC championship defence at the Orlando convention centre on Thursday night is going to be one of the biggest heavyweight affairs you’ll see this year.
Not only will it be a heavyweight title fight for the first time in UFC history, but a world heavyweight title fight between two of the most talented fighters in the world – the winner becoming the new champion.
You can watch that one too but between them, I think, the lightweights – Brazilian Oliveira and New Mexico native Poirier – are going to be the headline act in UFC Night: Poirier Oliveira from Orlando, Florida.
Poirier has been unbeaten since being belted by current UFC champion Jose Aldo, and his four successful title defences make him the only man to improve his position and become the undisputed champion during UFC history.
Poirier (left) is unbeaten since his bout with Jose Aldo (right) in 2014
Oliveira will be a live underdog but, as we have seen many times before in the UFC, anything can happen in the only organisation where two of the biggest stars ever, Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre, both won a lightweight title fight.
Not only that, but the 28-year-old Poirier has been one of the most impressive lightweights in the sport and has already fought his way back to the top after suffering a serious knee injury.
He will take this as far as he can but it won’t be easy as Oliveira is the more athletic fighter with obvious offensive weapons and he has been coming on really strong in his last few fights.
This will be a tough test for Poirier but he’s been dealt a hefty challenge before. I expect him to stop his Brazilian rival – unless Oliveira eats a hellish knee – in the third round.