UFC 269: Oliveira vs. Poirier Main Card Betting Odds and Preview
The final marquee Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view of the year promises to be a massive one, as UFC 269 will feature a couple of huge title defenses. Charles Oliveira aims to prove that his brief reign atop the men’s lightweight division is no fluke, while Amanda Nunes is looking to keep her stranglehold on the women’s bantamweight scene.
Read on for our odds and preview for the main card of UFC 269: Oliveira vs. Poirier below. And for all the latest news and updates in and out of the Octagon, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.
UFC 269: Oliveira vs. Poirier Betting Odds and Preview
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, NV
When: Saturday, December 11, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Where to watch: ESPN+
Main Event: Lightweight Title Bout
Charles Oliveira (+142) vs. Dustin Poirier (-172)
On his 40th professional MMA match, Charles Oliveira finally reached the top of the mountain, capturing the vacant UFC lightweight title with his second-round TKO victory over rising star Michael Chandler this past May. Not only did Oliveira win his first UFC gold, but he’s also on a nine-fight win streak and set a new UFC record with 17 finishes in the Octagon following his win.
Given that Dustin Poirier had just beaten Conor McGregor in back-to-back meetings this year, it stands to reason that the 32-year-old Lafayette native is the rightful challenger to Oliveira’s crown. Poirier’s on a 7-1 tear having taken down most of the biggest names in the lightweight division, with his only defeat coming to undefeated and retired legend Khabib Nurmagomedov. Poirier’s resume of wins over elite competition gives him the slight edge as a favorite to put Oliveira’s reign to a quick end.
Co-Main Event: Women’s Bantamweight Title Bout
Amanda Nunes (-1,111) vs. Julianna Pena (+623)
Over in the women’s bantamweight circuit, meanwhile, not one femme fatale has come close to matching Amanda Nunes’ prowess in the Octagon. The “Lioness” has been lording over two of the UFC’s kingdoms with 12 consecutive wins dating back to the start of 2015. In between that stretch, Nunes has successfully defended her bantamweight belt five times over and the lightweight strap for another two successful title defenses.
Perhaps the lack of Nunes’ activity against her fellow bantamweight peers will come back to bite her. The best pound-for-pound female fighter has not defended her bantamweight title since 2019, which could leave the door open for “The Venezuelan Vixen” Julianna Pena to pull off a shocking upset. Pena’s last fight was a win in Abu Dhabi over Sara McMann earlier this year. However, she’s 2-2 over her last four outings, including a loss to another champion in Valentina Shevchenko back in 2017.
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Geoff Neal (+113) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (-132)
A couple of tough defeats via the judge’s scorecard means that Geoff Neal’s head could be on the UFC chopping block. All the momentum that “Handz of Steel” had with his six-fight win streak (five via stoppage) in a Dana White-led program is all but gone at this point. Can Neal prove that he has the endurance to stay toe-to-toe with the UFC’s iron men?
Save for a freak first-round KO loss to Li Jingliang this past January, Santiago Ponzinibbio has won eight of his last nine fights. Half of those victories went the full distance in favor of the Argentinian. Not only that, but Ponzinibbio took down Neil Magny by way of a fourth-round knockout in 2018; something that Neal failed to accomplish against the same opponent earlier in May.
Kai-Kara France (+116) vs. Cody Garbrandt (-135)
Another fighter who’s had a rocky stretch of late is Kiwi flyweight Kai-Kara France, whose 2-2 record of his last four fights put a damper to his fast start from his UFC debut of three straight wins beginning in 2018. On the bright side, France snuck in a first-round KO win over Rogeiro Bontorin in March whilst also taking home fight bonus in back-to-back appearances in the Octagon.
While Ohio’s very own Cody Garbrandt is currently favored to win this matchup, the 30-year-old out of Uhrichsville has had “No Love” to show for lately. Garbrandt has four losses over his last five fights, recently falling to Rob Font in May. The former bantamweight champion has not been the same since his two failed title defenses against T.J. Dillashaw and is in danger of losing all his UFC luster altogether if he doesn’t find a way to win his debut UFC fight as a flyweight.
Raulian Paiva (+256) vs. Sean O’Malley (-323)
Speaking of the men’s bantamweight division, Raulian Paiva’s finally starting to cook in the UFC having won three straight fights following his 0-2 start in the Octagon. The rising 26-year-old Brazilian is about to face his biggest challenge yet in the form of Sean O’Malley, who’s looking to pick up the pieces after his one and only professional loss to Marlon Vera last year.
O’Malley remains one of the UFC’s fastest-rising prospects sporting a 14-1 lifetime record (7-1 in the Octagon). Apart from winning back-to-back fights this year over Kris Moutinho and Thomas Almeida, “Sugar” Sean is also an obvious fan favorite, as his streak of five fights with fight bonuses to date would attest. He also has a virtual home-field advantage of sorts, as all eight of O’Malley’s UFC fights have all taken place in Sin City.
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