The UFC's final pay-per-view of 2021 featured two veterans of the sport fighting for the lightweight championship. Charles Oliveira entered the Octagon looking for his first successful title defense, facing top contender Dustin Poirier. As the post-Khabib Nurmagomedov era continues in the division, this fight was historic on many fronts entering Saturday night.
Oliveira's and Poirier's 54 combined fights going into the bout are the most by two fighters entering a UFC championship, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The duo's 39 total victories are the most for combatants in a UFC title fight. Both fighters are ranked in the top 10 all-time in wins.
This fight could have happened back in July, but Poirier decided to face Conor McGregor in a trilogy bout he won via TKO. He now had the opportunity to beat a rival and be crowned as the undisputed champion in the same year.
In a thrilling contest, Oliveira succeeded in his title defense, beating Poirier via submission. The Brazilian fighter knows how to end matches, with this being the 29th finish in his last 32 wins.
Not only was T-Mobile Arena rocking with reaction, but social media also offered its commentary on the championship fight. Here's what many stars from around the world had to say about Oliveira's victory:
My congratulations Champ, you deserve this 🏆 🇧🇷— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) December 12, 2021
Do Bronx!!! Let's go!! That boy is on 🔥🔥 #ufc269— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) December 12, 2021
Congrats @CharlesDoBronxs just hold in there for me🏆— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) December 12, 2021
Do Bronx!!! #ufc269— Michael Carter-Willi (@mcarterwilliams) December 12, 2021
Olivera is like that stop playing!!!!!!! He the champ for a reason!— Kenny Clark (@KCBoutThatLife) December 12, 2021