- Dustin Poirier has confirmed that he will be challenging Charles Oliveira for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 269 on December 11.
- Poirier opened as the -180 betting favorite when the betting lines for that bout opened last July.
- The Diamond is now just a -145 odds on favorite at the BetOnline App.
The Charles Oliveira vs Dustin Poirier lightweight title fight is a much closer one in the odds boards as Poirier confirmed on Monday that the contract for the bout has been signed, sealed, and delivered.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered.⚔
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 4, 2021
Oliveira and Poirier are set to meet at UFC 269 on December 11th with Oliveira defending the UFC lightweight title for the first time. The champion opened as the +155 betting underdog when the lines opened after Poirier defeated Conor McGregor at UFC 264. Oliveira is still the underdog at the best UFC sportsbooks, but he is inching closer to even money and is gaining ground on Poirer.
Odds Much Closer Since Opening
Opening Poirier/Oliveira Fight Odds:
Dustin Poirier (-180)
Charles Oliveira (+155)
— SportsBetting.ag (@SportsBettingAG) July 11, 2021
Last July, Poirier opened as the -180 favorite to beat Oliveira in a UFC lightweight title fight despite the champion owning an impressive nine-fight winning streak that includes six submission victories and two KO wins. But almost three months later, the odds are much closer.
DraftKings currently has Poirier as the -155 odds on favorite and Oliveira the +135 underdog. FanDuel has almost identical odds at -158 for the Diamond and +134 for Do Bronx. At the BetOnline App, Poirier is currently listed at -145 with Oliveira coming back at +125. The European betting site 5Dimes has the shortest odds for the fight at -140 for Poirier and +120 for Oliveira. Meanwhile, MyBookie.ag has the longest odds right now at -160 for the American and +140 for the Brazilian.
This marks only the second time during Oliveira’s nine-fight winning streak where he has opened as the betting underdog. Do Bronx opened at +110 and closed at +160 against Tony Ferguson but ended up beating El Cucuy in a one-sided affair. It’s also interesting to note that Oliveira was the underdog in four out of his last five losses.
Poirier’s Chance to Hold UFC Gold
Dustin Poirier will indeed get his chance to hold UFC gold by the end of the year.https://t.co/VyhowrGHaA
— One Sports (@OneSportsPHL) October 4, 2021
A victory over Oliveira would cap off a spectacular year for Poirier. The Lafayette, Louisiana native opened his 2021 campaign by knocking out McGregor at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi. He was offered a shot to fight for the lightweight title but chose a third bout with McGregor. The Diamond won again last July after McGregor was unable to continue due to a broken foot. Now, Poirier will finally have a chance to hold UFC gold.
This is the second time that Poirier will challenge for the undisputed lightweight title. He was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242. One fight before that, Poirier became the interim UFC lightweight champion when he defeated then featherweight champion Max Holloway.
Prior to the finalization of this title fight, Poirier was linked to a December bout against Nate Diaz. The Diamond had even opened as the 4/1 betting favorite in that possible bout. However, it appears that Poirier wants the belt first before entertaining another big-money fight.