Newly-crowned lightweight champion Charles Oliveira expects to defend his lightweight strap in December later this year.

“I believe in the firepower in my hands, but I think in a fight against Dustin, I believe I can submit him,” Oliveira told MMA Fighting. “Working with my hands, with my strikes, I would definitely cause a lot of damage and then submit him.”

Poirier gambled on his championship future by first passing on Oliveira in favor of his trilogy against Conor McGregor. The bet paid off, as “The Diamond” recently captured a second straight victory over “Notorious” to keep his spot in the 155-pound line.

It’s going to be a great fight, if this one really happens,” Oliveira continued. “It’s going to be a great show, and I’m ready on the feet and on the ground. I’m well both mentally, physically and spiritually. I’m happy. Let’s go. We’ll be defending what’s ours in December.”

I guess that Nate Diaz showcase will be put on ice for the time being.

“I think that a fight with Nate would also give him a lot of money, but I don’t know what’s the logic behind that,” Oliveira said. “Every person thinks one way. I believe the right fight to make is Charles Oliveira-Dustin Poirier, but I’m not worried about it. I’m the champion. They are the ones that must run after me and the belt, not the other way around.”

If the UFC makes the Oliveira vs. Poirier fight next, the Brazilian expects to boost his record for most submission victories in UFC history by tapping out the American Top Team product. Oliveira is on a nine-fight winning streak with eight stoppages, while Poirier has had only one defeat in his last 10 outings.

Charles Oliveira defeated Michael Chandler by second-round knockout on Saturday at UFC 262 to claim his first UFC lightweight belt. It was Oliveria’s first win of 2021 and his ninth consecutive win dating back to June 2018. The title victory comes nearly 11 years after Oliveria made his UFC debut in 2010

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