Not long after Charles Oliveira ascended to the top of his weight class, others began formulating plans to remove him from power.
“Do Bronx” will defend the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title for the first time when he confronts Dustin Poirier in the UFC 269 main event on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Oliveira will climb into the Octagon with the wind of a nine-fight winning streak at his back. The longtime Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt last appeared at UFC 262, where he brought down Michael Chandler with punches and captured the vacant lightweight crown in the second round of their May 15 pairing. Poirier, meanwhile, has rattled off three straight victories. He last fought on July 10, when he completed his trilogy against Conor McGregor with a first-round technical knockout at UFC 264.
As Oliveira and Poirier inch ever closer to their high-stakes encounter, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
32: Years of age for Oliveira, who was born on Oct. 17, 1989 in Guaruja, Brazil.
19: Oliveira wins by submission, accounting for 61% of his career total (31). His methods of choice: seven rear-naked chokes, five guillotine chokes, three anaconda chokes, one triangle armbar, one armbar, one calf slicer and one triangle choke. Oliveira owns nine other wins by knockout or technical knockout and three more by decision.
1,470: Days since Oliveira last tasted defeat. He has gone a perfect 9-0 following his second-round technical knockout loss to Paul Felder at UFC 218 on Dec. 2, 2017.
17: Post-fight bonuses banked by Oliveira since he linked arms with the UFC in August 2010. He has been awarded “Performance of the Night” honors 11 times, “Submission of the Night” three times and “Fight of the Night” three times, resulting in $845,000 of additional income.
204: Combined victories between the eight men—Felder, Ricardo Lamas, Anthony Pettis, Max Holloway, Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller—who have defeated Oliveira. They boast a cumulative record of 204-86-1 (.701).
32: Years of age for Poirier, who was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Jan. 19, 1989.
14: Poirier victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 50% of his career total (28). His list of UFC victims: McGregor (twice), Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, Bobby Green, Yancy Medeiros, Diego Ferreira, Akira Corassani and Diego Brandao. Poirier holds seven other victories by submission and seven more by decision.
1,527: Significant strikes landed by Poirier as a member of the UFC roster, placing him sixth on the promotion’s all-time list. Only Holloway (2,848), Edgar (1,799), Cerrone (1,727), Joanna Jedrzejczyk (1,711) and Michael Bisping (1,567) have been credited with more.
3: Sub-minute finishes on the Poirier resume. He submitted Ronnie Lis with an armbar in 51 seconds at a USA Mixed Martial Arts show on Nov. 13, 2009, punched out Derek Gauthier in 57 seconds under the Ringside MMA banner on June 18, 2010 and cut down Zachary Micklewright with punches in 53 seconds at a World Extreme Cagefighting event on Nov. 11, 2010.
.720: Cumulative winning percentage between the six men—Swanson, McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Michael Johnson, Chan Sung Jung and Danny Castillo—who have beaten Poirier. They sport a combined record of 131-51.
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