American Prime Group coach Mike Brown expects Dustin Poirier to go away the UFC 269 headliner in opposition to Charles Oliveira as undisputed light-weight champion.
Poirier (28-6 MMA, 20-5 UFC) will try and dethrone Oliveira (31-8 MMA, 19-8 UFC) of the belt after they meet within the Dec. 11 primary occasion at T-Cell Area in Las Vegas. The primary card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
“The Diamond” has been on this spot as soon as earlier than, however got here up brief in opposition to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in September 2019. Nurmagomedov has since retired, although, and Poirier has emerged with a three-fight successful streak, together with two finishes of Conor McGregor.
Brown stated Poirier is in his zone for the time being, and he predicts victory for his athlete at UFC 269.
“That is prime of the mountain, prime of the meals chain – No. 1 spot on the planet,” Brown instructed MMA Junkie. “We’re assured stepping into. He’s been at this degree earlier than. I feel his resume is the very best within the weight class with Khabib retired. I feel he’s the very best man and I feel he’s confirmed it time and time once more. It’s a loopy recreation, however I consider he’s the higher fighter and I feel he’s going to win.”
The matchup between Poirier and Oliveira has many historic layers to it. It should mark the 54th mixed UFC look for each males, essentially the most expertise ever seen in a title battle. In addition they mix for essentially the most UFC finishes and bonuses in a single championship matchup, and the observe document reveals this battle having the potential to finish within the blink of an eye fixed.
Brown is aware of Oliveira is not any joke. The Brazilian has essentially the most finishes and submission wins in UFC historical past, and Brown stated avoiding weak positions on the bottom goes to be a large key to victory.
“He’s very harmful,” Brown stated. “He has the flexibility to most likely faucet anyone. There’s some actually red-zone hazard areas to fret about with him. He’s received numerous expertise, been in lots of, many fights, simply as Dustin. However I do assume Dustin’s overwhelmed higher guys in his profession.”
Poirier has been within the battle recreation for a very long time and has skilled loads of ups and downs throughout his run. Brown has been with him for a lot of the journey, and he stated a triumphant efficiency could be a really particular second in his teaching profession.
“It’ll be wonderful,” Brown stated. “I don’t know if phrases can actually describe it. It’s a lifetime of labor coming to a head. To a spot the place you’ll be able to’t get any increased. The last word view. That is the place we’re at. He’s very near that second and in two weeks we’re going to get it.”