DUSTIN POIRIER and Charles Oliveira faced off for the first time this morning ahead of their eagerly anticipated lightweight title fight.
Lightweight King Oliveira will look to defend her first belt against the former interim owner on Sunday morning at UFC 269 main event.
The two best 155-pound athletes on the planet have yet to cross paths with each other in the build-up to their epic showdown.
But that changed Thursday night during a pre-match press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The couple are close and respectful to each other as they answer questions from the media.
But they had a tense confrontation right after the climax of the press.
Victory over Oliveira in form will see fan favorites Poirier became the undisputed ruler of the stacked lightweight division at the second question.
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Earlier this week, he said: “If I had become world champion on Saturday night, I would have done it all in the sport – everything I had set out to do.
“I have arranged my family, we are in good shape financially. [I have] Other businesses outside the ongoing battle.
“I have to check that box [of becoming undisputed champion]. That is forever.
“I [used to say] 25 minutes to make life fair. This is 25 minutes for eternity, 25 for eternity. That’s what this is.
“You don’t take that away. Once a champion, always a champion.”
UFC fight card 269
Charles Oliveira vs Dustin Poirier
Amanda Nunes vs Julianna Pena
Geoff Neal sues Santiago Ponzinibbio
Kai Kara-France vs Cody Garbrandt
Raulian Paiva vs Sean O’Malley
Josh Emmett vs Dan Ige
Dominick Cruz vs Pedro Munhoz
Augusto Sakai vs Tai Tuivasa
Jordan Wright vs Bruno Silva
Andre Muniz vs Eryk Anders
Miranda Maverick and Erin Blanchfield
Alex Perez and Matt Schnell
Ryan Hall vs Darrick Minner
Randy Costa vs Tony Kelley
Gillian Robertson vs Priscila Cachoeira
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