Poirier listed as a favorite vs. UFC lightweight champ, Oliveira

Charles 'Do Bronx' Oliveira is going to be an underdog for his UFC lightweight title defense against Dustin Poirier later this year.

Within minutes of Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier capturing a first-round TKO win over Conor McGregor late this past Saturday night in the UFC 264 headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, FanDuel opened Poirier (28-6-0-1 MMA, 20-5-0-1 UFC) as a -142 favorite against UFC lightweight champion, Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira.

This scrap will take place later this year and most likely in December. It will be Oliveira’s first defense of his 155-pound strap since winning the vacant belt via second-round knockout over Michael Chandler at UFC 262.

By early Sunday morning, FanDuel adjusted Poirier’s odds to -158, which is where they still stood early Tuesday evening. Oliveira is a +134 underdog.

Oliveira (31-8-0-1 MMA, 19-8-0-1 UFC) will bring a nine-fight winning streak into his initial title defense. The 31-year-old Brazilian is the UFC’s all-time leader in finishes (17) and submissions (14).

Although Oliveira is the champ who is on the longer winning streak, his overall resume isn’t as impressive as Poirier’s. The biggest names that Oliveria have beaten are Chandler, Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee, Jeremy Stephens, Clay Guida and Jim Miller.

However, Oliveira has also lost to Miller, who Poirier has defeated. Oliveira has also lost to Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis, two fighters that Poirier handled rather easily. In fact, Poirier has beaten Holloway twice.

Both fighters have lost to Cub Swanson during their time in the featherweight division.

Poirier has other notable scalps over Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Dan Hooker, Carlos Diego Ferreira, Bobby Green and Yancy Medeiros.

With his second win over McGregor, Poirier became the third-fastest fighter to reach the 20-win mark in UFC history. He did so after making his 26th career walk to the Octagon.

The only other fighters to get to 20 wins quicker were George St. Pierre and Jon Jones, who both did so in their 22nd UFC fights.

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