From several different very relevant sources, what has actually been talked about quite openly for some time has been confirmed. Charles Oliveira will have his first UFC title defense in December, as he has actually announced several times, and his opponent will also be the expected name, Dustin Poirier.
Although this has not yet been confirmed by the UFC, it is clear that this fight will take place at the UFC 269 event, scheduled for December 11th. One title fight, the women's bantamweight title, has already been announced for the same, between Amanda Nunes and Julianne Pena, but it was clear from the start that the UFC would not take a risk with such a fight as the one that will lead the program.
Oliveira and Poirier should be a good bet for at least a satisfactory sale of the transmission, but it will also be a real test of Poirier's popularity after two extremely successful performances led by the fights against Conor McGregor.
Oliviera (31-8, 19-8 UFC) won the title in May, defeating Michael Chandler by technical knockout in the second round. It was the ninth victory in a row for the Brazilian, of which even the eighth with a stoppage.
No one can really object to his position as champion, but it was clear that a real exam would await him immediately in the first defense of the belt.
In fact, at the top of the light category, despite such a name, there are no easy challenges. For Poirier (28-6, 20-5 UFC) this will be the second attack on the championship title, after he failed to reach the same in September 2019 against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
With his victories over Dan Hooker and especially two over Conor McGregor, he created the status of a fighter around him who should take the throne after the retirement of the Dagestani, and he now finally intends to do so, after rejecting the first offer to fight Oliveira because of the fight against McGregor.
Dana White thus praised his decision, saying that Dustin is surely next for an attack on the title if he wins, which is clear that it will be achieved now. Finally, Poirier has a real chance to show that he is currently the best in his category and to justify everything he has said.
His opponent is certainly one of the better ones, but he is hardly better than Nurmagomedov with whom Poirier had a fight for the title. This time he will certainly have an easier match, but the opponent should not be underestimated