The Pro Take: Charles Oliveira Still Undisputed as UFC Lightweight Champion Following UFC 269

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Charles Oliveira, UFC 269 ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

The UFC 269 main event between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier was not only a major fight for the UFC’s lightweight division, but also a beautiful reminder that despite setbacks, and now how many times people write you off, through hard work and confidence you can work your way to the top and achieve your dreams.

Fights like Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier are often inspirational, and picking a winner can be difficult. Both fighters have clawed their way to the top of the UFC, overcoming numerous setbacks over the years. Fans have had the pleasure of witnessing two of the best in the lightweight division finally reaching the pinnacle of the company, where their legacy flourished.

The UFC 269 main event was simply two of the best facing off for a championship, with no drama and no trash talk. For Charles Oliveira, he looked to defend his title for the first time against Dustin Poirier, who looked to capture the championship and stake claim after twenty-seven fights in the UFC.

When it came down to it, Charles Oliveira’s win Saturday didn’t come easy. He had to show plenty of heart early on, being battered by Poirier. But in the third, once he got the back of Dustin Poirier, that was all she wrote as “Do Bronx” secured the submission — and continued writing his legacy.


Here is how the pros reacted to Charles Oliveira walking away as UFC lightweight champ.