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Watch Charles Oliveira Choke Out Dustin Poirier to Retain Title at UFC 269

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In a sport where legends are immortalised overnight, it’s safe to say that UFC 269 brought some bangers. The lightweight champion of the world Charles Oliveira defended his title in his signature style with a standing rear-naked joke win over Dustin Poirier, Julianna Peña tamed ‘The Lioness’ Amanda Nunes for the bantamweight belt and Australia’s Tai Tuivasa bolstered his prowess in the heavyweight division when cold-bloodedly knocking out his opponent.

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UFC 269 Charles Oliveira

Being the only UFC fighter to knockout Conor McGregor and chalk up wins over Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez and Max Holloway, Dustin ‘Diamond’ Poirier’s prospect of being crowned the new lightweight champion of the world appeared promising to fight fanatics. But the calibre of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and durability of Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira seemed to steamroll through the Diamond.

With a mutuality of sportsmanship, the dust-up between the lightweights kicked off in style. In the first round, the Louisianan came out with guns blazing; throwing mighty jabs that rocked the Brazilian multiple times. But Oliveira showcased tenacity and durability when surviving the onslaught of punches and, surprisingly, a flair to mix his weapons up when landing some mildly-damaging body shots to Poirier.

In the ensuing round, Poirier appeared to be in a sticky situation. After a brief stand-up of exchanges, Oliveira had him glued to the canvas for two-thirds of the round; landing many elbows and punches to the head. At the beginning of the third round, the Favela-native feigned a right jab before taking Poirier to the side of the cage, hopping on his back and locking in his signature standing rear-naked choke; therein banking his first title defence.

“I’m a world champion. I’m the man… They talk, I do it. They can hit me a lot but I’m going to walk forward,” said Charles Oliveira.

When Julianna Peña told the world “Don’t ever doubt me again,” most thought it was lip service. But the co-main event was possibly “the biggest upset in UFC history”. The Venezuelan Vixen rocked the fight world when submitting the two-division champ Amanda Nunes in the second round to claim the bantamweight title.

The bout began with Peña throwing caution at the wind with her punches before The Lioness landed a crisp jab, dropping the underdog and being stood up. The Vixen later attempted a takedown that backfired and had Nunes in the half guard for the remainder of the round.

UFC 269 Amanda Nunes

Peña came out gumptious in the second round with a peppering of clean jabs that shook the Nunes, prior to taking the double-champ to the ground locking in a rear-naked choke and giving the UFC’s most dominant female fighter a taste of defeat for the first time in seven years as well as abruptly ending her 12-fight win streak and setting the fight world on fire.

“I’m not surprised, motherf—ers! I told you, don’t ever doubt me again. Willpower, strength and determination, it will take you places,” said Julianna Peña.

Western Sydney native Tai Tuivasa managed to close the show early in the preliminary card when brutally punching the lights out of heavyweight Augusto Sakai, raking up a fourth consecutive win in the UFC.

After a not-so-bad first-rounder, Tuivasa came out with haymakers in the second. Bam Bam clipped Sakai with a potent left hook that wobbled the opposition prior to closing him off by the fence and unloading a short flurry of combinations that put him in the land of nod. Following the win, the 28-year-old Australian hopped on top of the cage to revel in his patented shoey tradition.

“Like I said in my past interviews, I feel I’m getting better and better at this sport. And I heard my corner say ‘that left’s opening him up.’ I just had to stay on my edge and just stalk him and hunt him down… I said it before, I’m a banger from f—ing western Sydney and I’ll bang on with anyone.”

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