Six unanswered questions from UFC 269: Oliveira vs. Poirier

Charles Oliveira answered questions about his legitimacy as a UFC lightweight champion when he defeated Dustin Poirier via submission in the main event of UFC 269.

Julianna Pena silenced many skeptics when she took the UFC women’s bantamweight belt from Amanda Nunes via submission in Saturday’s co-titled bout.

But the event, which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, left fans, fighters and the UFC with some questions to ponder. Read on for six questions the final UFC pay-per-view card of 2021 is still hanging in the air.

Does Dustin Poirier want it?

Dustin Poirier failed his bid to become the undisputed UFC champion on Saturday night. It was the second time Poirier failed to reach the top of the UFC. The defeat of Poirier’s first title fight came in 2019 when Khabib Nurmagomedov submit him in a header merge.

Follow him lost filing In front of UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 269, the 32-year-old, who has been in WEC/UFC since 2010, gave his thoughts on his possible future.

“I can do whatever I put my mind to. I can fight for another belt. I can continue another series. I can swipe, climb and come back wherever I want. It’s just, do I want to? That is the question I have to look in the mirror and answer,” Poirier said at UFC 269 post-fight press conference. “Do I want to do it again? Do I want to go down that road again? That answer will come in the next few days or weeks. I’ll let this go and see what happens next, but if that’s what’s in my heart and that’s what I want to do, I’ll be here again fighting for a title. another world. ”

If Poirier decides that he doesn’t want to go through those trials and tribulations again, that’s understandable, and I don’t think anyone should deny his decision. Dustin Poirier of late 2021 is a different man from Dustin Poirier of 2010. He has a family, he has a charity. He has different priorities and motivations. In short, the Poirier is more than just a fighter.

With that said, if Poirier wants to keep fighting, I doubt he’ll fight for the UFC belt again.

Can Amanda Nunes reapply?

After a crushing defeat to Julianna Pena, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes admitted she was not selected to participate in the UFC 269 co-main event.

“I just checked out today. I still have some work to do,” Nunes told UFC commentator Joe Rogan after the pre-filing defeat. “I’ll keep working until I fix them, and I’ll be back in the gym and back here soon. Thank you for all the support. See you again as soon as possible. ”

The Nunes we saw at UFC 269 are not the Nunes we’re used to. She’s not the dominant boxer she’s been in the past few years. In fact, it looks like she was lost once Pena made the prominent trades and that she was looking for a way out when she touch the rear ceiling shock absorber hook sans.

Nunes has been at the top of the women’s light weight division for over 5 years. It’s a long time for a UFC fighter to get the target on their back and, as we’ve seen in the sport many times, the competition has finally caught up with the title holders. I’m not sure if that was the case for Nunes or that UFC 269 wasn’t her night.

What does Kayla Harrison do?

A fight between Amanda Nunes and Kayla Harrison could still be made, but that bout lost a lot of its appeal when Nunes lost on Saturday night. With Nunes losing, all of Harrison’s bargaining power over the UFC went up in flames.

Can Cody Garbrandt recover?

Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt thinks dropping to 125 pounds and winning against Kai Kara-France at UFC 269 will be the first step for “take over the fly class.

Instead, Kara-France knocked down Garbrandt and announced that he wanted to be shot at the winner of the upcoming fight between champion Brandon Moreno and former champion Deiveson Figueosystemo.

Garbrandt is currently 1-5 as of 2017 and he has been knocked out in four of those losses. I don’t think the UFC will break up with Garbrandt. I also don’t think the UFC will give a former champion an “easy” fight. With that, Garbrandt needs to think seriously about how to approach his career after UFC 269.

Is the UFC really paying Sean O’Malley?

UFC President Dana White may have spoken out loud for the quiet part on Saturday night. On the eve of UFC 269, White said that Sean O’Malley not ready to compete for ratings.

On a Saturday night, after O’Malley knocked down Raulian Paiva, White speak, “When you talk to him, two things: he wants to get paid, and he wants to fight the competition at a higher level. Looks like we’ll have to pay him. Earn him a few matches. “

That begs the question, was White’s pre-match comment just a smokescreen to avoid paying O’Malley to fend off tough competition?

Did Daniel Cormier listen to Dominick Cruz?

Daniel Cormier was displeased when his occasional commentary partner Dominick Cruz said that he mutes Cormier’s comments as he watches games and that the former two-tournament champion,”not doing homework. ”

I have criticized Cormier’s commentary in the past, mainly because he seems unwilling or unable to learn or acknowledge the Uniform Rules of MMA when it comes to scoring and his insistence. in trying to get a laugh from Joe Rogan. With that being said, I noticed an improvement in Cormier’s commentary during UFC 269.

I don’t know if Cormier improved the mic because he heard what Cruz said in his heart or UFC 269 was an anomaly, but I hope Cormier tries to get better at calling UFC fights. Six unanswered questions from UFC 269: Oliveira vs. Poirier

Curtis Crabtree

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