It had been over two years since Dustin Poirier had the chance to fight for a title.
Since losing the lightweight championship to Khabib Nurmagomedov on September 7, 2019, the UFC number 5 fighter pound for pound has earned one victory over Dan Hooker and two over Conor McGregor. On Saturday, he has a chance to reclaim the lightweight belt when he takes on Charles Oliveira in UFC 269 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Oliveira will be in charge of his first title defense since winning the belt on May 15. Oliveira defeated Michael Chandler via TKO in the second round to claim the vacant belt. Oliveira is listed as the 8th pound-for-pound male fighter in the UFC.
Oliveira v Poirier won’t be the only championship fight of the evening. Amanda Nunes will seek her sixth bantamweight title defense when she takes on Julianna Pena in the co-main event. Nunes is the UFC’s top pound-for-pound female fighter, while Pena is ranked 11th.
Sporting News follows live fight updates and turn-based highlights from Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier and the entire fight card on Saturday night. Follow for the full UFC 269 results.
UFC 269 live updates, highlights from Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier
Amanda Nunes (c) v Julianna Pena for Nunes Women’s Bantamweight Championship
11:56 p.m .: Pena slides early, but is able to get up before Nunes gets too close. Pena dealt Nunes a blow, but Nunes quickly brought him to the mat and got some shots. Pena tries to fight with Nunes. Nunes arrives behind Pena’s back and has her locked up. While they are grappling, Nunes gets some hits. Pena slips away, but Nunes wraps her around her neck and holds her underneath. Pena has a good hold on Nunes’ left arm, and she hits a few hits to the sound of the horn. Let’s go to the second round.
11:44 p.m .: Now it’s Nunes’ turn to enter the Octagon.
11:41 p.m .: It’s time for the main co-event of the night. Julianna Pena will face Amanda Nunes, hoping to win the champion’s bantamweight belt.
Geoff Neal defeated Santiago Ponzinibbio by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
23:33: Ponzinibbio reclaims a judge’s scoreboard, but Neal wins by split decision.
11:30 p.m .: The two come out aggressive in the third round, each landing a few hard knocks. Neal hit Ponzinibbio with a right hook and put him to the wall, but Ponzinibbio is able to escape after a few hits to the body. Neal is bleeding above his right eye, but responds with heavier blows, including a kick, at Ponzinibbio. Ponzinibbio gets some blows to the head from Neal. With just over a minute to go, they speed up and Neal sends Ponzinibbio a few hard blows to throw him off balance. Neal connects with two right lefts. Ponzinibbio ends the fight on a kick, but that will come down to a decision.
11:24 p.m .: Ponzinibbio starts the second the same way he finished the first, firing a few shots at Neal. He made a few shots sporadically at the start of the fight. Neal counter with a kick and a few swings, but for the most part has been defensive this round. Ponzinibbio locks his hands around Neal and brings him to the all-in, but Neal gets up pretty quickly and kicks a few punches. Neal is shot in the head and Ponzinibbio wanted a helping hand, but the referee doesn’t give it to him. The fight now passes to the third round.
11:17 p.m .: The fighters take their time to move against each other. Ponzinibbio lands a punch and kick for about 90 seconds, prompting Neal to respond with a few punches of his own. Halfway through, Neal hits another blow to the head and attempts another high kick. Neal logs in on a few more punches and he was able to dodge Ponzinibbio’s major shots. Ponzinibbio connects on a few quick hits to the bell, but this fight, unlike the previous two, will reach the second round.
11:06 p.m .: Neal and Ponzinibbio make their way to the ring for the next fight on the main map.
Kai Kara-France def. Cody Garbrandt via Round 1 TKO (punches) (3:21)
10:55 p.m .: Garbrandt opens his flyweight career with a few kicks on Kara-France. Relatively calm the first two minutes of the round, but around 2:40 am, Kara-France hit the face hard and got a knockdown. He tries to follow him, but Garbrandt begins to struggle with him before escaping. Kara-France gets another heavy blow in there, and chases him with a few more punches to the head before knocking down Garbrandt, this time for good as he will win by TKO.
10:44 p.m .: Next up on the main card is the flyweight clash between Kai Kara-France and Coby Garbrandt.
Sean O’Malley won. Raulian Paiva via TKO in Round 1 (punches) (4:42)
22:36: O’Malley said after the fight that he injured his ribs during the camp and believes he should withdraw from the fight. Amazing to come out and win in such a dominant way.
10:32 p.m .: O’Malley starts the fight with a few kicks. After a foul, Paiva comes out with a few kicks, aiming for the left calf. O’Malley came up with a number of feints in an attempt to throw Paiva off balance. Paiva receives a few kicks, but O’Malley responds with a few punches to the head. O’Malley connects with a hard right, and Paiva stumbles. O’Malley begins pounding him with body and head shots until Paiva falls, and the ref calls the fight.
22:25: The main card is officially launched.
22:21: The first fight of the evening will be Raulian Paiva against Sean O’Malley. The fighters are now entering the Octagon.
10:14 p.m .: Did you miss the previous fights? Here are some of the highlights from the UFC 269 prelims.
10:01 p.m .: The preliminaries and the first preliminaries are all over. Now is the time for the main map to begin.
UFC 269: Oliveira start time vs. Poirier
- First preliminaries: 6:15 p.m. ET | 3:15 p.m. PST
- Preliminaries: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
- Main card (PPV): 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT
- Main event: Midnight ET | 9 p.m. PT (approximately)
UFC 269 is scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 11, with the first preliminaries. The main card will begin at 10 p.m. ET. Oliveira and Poirier are expected to enter the Octagon around midnight ET, although that may change depending on the length of previous fights.
How to watch UFC 269: Oliveira vs. Poirier
- First preliminaries: ESPN +
- Preliminaries: ESPN2, ESPN +
- Main card (PPV): ESPN +
- PPV price: $ 69.99 (current ESPN + subscribers) | $ 89.98 (new subscribers)
Every fight on the UFC 269 card will be available to watch on ESPN +. The preliminaries will also be available to watch on ESPN2.
UFC Fight Card 269
- Charles Oliveira (c) against Dustin Poirier for the Oliveira lightweight championship
- Amanda Nunes (c) v Julianna Pena for Nunes Women’s Bantamweight Championship
- Geoff Neal vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio, welterweight
- Kai Kara-France def. Cody Garbrandt via Round 1 TKO (punches) (3:21)
- Sean O’Malley won. Raulian Paiva via TKO in Round 1 (punches) (4:42)
- Josh Emmett beat. Dan Ige via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Dominick Cruz beat. Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decisions (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Tai Tuivasa beat. Augusto Sakai via 2nd round knockout (punches) (0:26)
- Bruno Silva beat. Jordan Wright via 1st round TKO (punches) (1:28)
- AndrÃ© Muniz beat. Eryk Anders via Round 1 Submission (Arm) (3:13)
- Erin Blanchfield beat. Miranda Maverick via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ryan Hall beat. Darrick Minner via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)
- Tony Kelley beat. Randy Costa via TKO in Round 2 (strikes) (4:15)
- Gillian Robertson defeated Priscila Cachoeira via 1st Round Submission (Naked Rear Choke) (4:59)