Dustin Poirier fell brief in his bid to lastly win the UFC light-weight title as he was choked out by Charles Oliveira in the principle occasion at UFC 269.
Oliveira piled the stress on Poirier from the opening bell, however he was put down briefly by a punch from ‘The Diamond’ within the first 30 seconds.
The electrical tempo continued for the remainder of the primary spherical as Oliveira snuck knees within the clinch while Poirier was touchdown laborious punches.
Poirier was then managed by Oliveira on the bottom within the second spherical because the Brazilian landed a number of laborious elbows from the highest place.
And at the beginning of the third spherical, Oliveira latched on to the again of Poirier and was engaged on securing a rear-naked choke.
Poirier tried to struggle the arms of his opponent, however the artful submission specialist sunk within the choke to pressure the faucet from his challenger,
“I am a world champion, I am the person. They’ll hit me lots, however I’ll stroll ahead,” Oliveira mentioned after the struggle.
Poirier admitted he was stunned by Oliver’a sturdiness and tried to tug his opponent into the later rounds to complete the struggle.
“I landed some good clear photographs and thought I used to be going to get him away within the first spherical,” he mentioned. “My gameplan was to take my time; I brawled once more after I wasn’t purported to.
“The gameplan was to take him to the fourth or fifth spherical and take him aside.”
Oliveira was making the primary defence of his title in opposition to Poirier having received the vacant title in opposition to Michael Chandler in Could.
Poirier was combating for the 155-pound title for the second time in his profession, falling brief in opposition to Khabib Nurmagomedov in his first bid on the belt in 2019.
Within the co-main occasion, two-weight champion Amanda Nunes suffered a shock loss to Julianna Pena as she was submitted within the second spherical.
Pena – who had solely fought twice in two years – had a troublesome first spherical in opposition to the ladies’s pound-for-pound No.1 however began to seek out her rhythm on the toes in spherical two.
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The American damage Nunes and finally took the struggle to the bottom, securing a rear-naked choke to offer one of many nice upsets in UFC historical past.
Geoff Neal picked up his first win in two years and reasserted himself into the talent-packed 170-pound division by outpointing Santiago Ponzinibbio in a forwards and backwards struggle.
New Zealander Kai Kara-France spoiled the flyweight debut of Cody Garbrandt, dropping the previous 135-pound champion twice earlier than securing the walk-off knockout.
The charismatic Sean O’Malley picked up his third win on the bounce Within the opening struggle of the principle card, knocking out Raulian Paiva within the first spherical.
Within the preliminary fights, former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz survived two knockdowns to outpoint high contender Pedro Munhoz.
And to the roar of the Vegas crowd, fan favorite Tai Tuivasa proceeded to do a ‘shoey’ on high of the cage after knocking out Brazilian heavyweight Augusto Sakai.