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UFC 269: Charles Oliveira submits Dustin Poirier to defend lightweight belt

Where were you when Julianna submitted Amanda?

UFC 269 will be long remembered by fans as a card of upsets.

The co-main event alone is arguably the greatest upset in MMA, with Julianna Peña tapping Amanda Nunes to win the women’s bantamweight belt. “It’s up there with (Matt) Serra and GSP,” UFC president Dana White said after a few beats in the post-fight press conference.

But lightweight champion Charles Oliveira overcame Dustin Poirier’s boxing-oriented attack in the first round round to soften up the challenger with some kick, knees, and strikes. Oliveira started the ground attack in the second round and then in the third round, locked  in a rear-naked choke to spoil Poirier’s title hopes.

The win was Oliveira’s first title defence and 10th consecutive victory. Poirier, who ws gracious in defeat in the post-fight press conference had a three fight win streak snapped tonight.

Dominick Cruz and Pedro Munhoz earned Fight of the Night, while Oliveira, Pena, Sean O’Malley, Kai Kara-France, Bruno Silva, and Tai Tuivasa all earned performances bonuses. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

UFC 269 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS

GILLIAN ROBERTSON VS. PRISCILA CACHOEIRA 

WINNER: GILLIAN ROBERTSON VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 4:59

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PRISCILLA CACHOEIRA VIA TKO

Andrews: Robertson got it to the ground and did her thing. Those eye-gouge attempts by Cachoeira to break it should have been caught by the ref.

RANDY COSTA  VS TONY KELLEY

WINNER: TONEY KELLY VIA TKO (ELBOWS) R2 4:15

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RANDY COSTA VIA TKO

Andrews: Another disappointing performance for Costa.

RYAN HALL VS. DARRICK MINER 

WINNER: RYAN HALL VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RYAN HALL VIA UD

Andrews: Good win for Ryan.

MIRANDA MAVERICK VS. ERIN BLANCHFIELD 

WINNER: ERIN BLANCHFIELD VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIRANDA MAVERICK VIA UD

Andrews: I didn’t think Blanchfield could do that to someone like Miranda. Congrats.

ANDRE MUNIZ VS. ERYK ANDERS

WINNER: ANDRE MUNIZ VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 3:13

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDRE MUNIZ VIA UD

Andrews: Tough luck for Anders, but Muniz had a plane to catch or something.

UFC 269 PRELIMS

JORDAN WRIGHT VS. BRUNO SILVA 

WINNER: BRUNO SILVA VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 1:28

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JORDAN WRIGHT VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Bruno got ’em before Wright could get started. Congrats.

AUGUSTO SAKAI VS. TAI TUIVASA 

WINNER: TAI TUIVASA VIA KO (PUNCHES) R2 0:26

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TAI TUIVASA VIA TKO

Andrews: Tai got ’em. Just a matter of time.

#9 PEDRO MUNHOZ  VS. #10 DOMINICK CRUZ

WINNER: DOMINICK CRUZ VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DOMINICK CRUZ VIA UD

Andrews: Cruz was vintage and Munhoz could not get to him.

JOSH EMMETT VS. DAN IGE 

WINNER: JOSH EMMETT VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOSH EMMETT VIA UD

Andrews: Great striking by Emmett.

MAIN CARD

SEAN O’MALLEY VS. RAULIAN PAIVA

WINNER: SEAN O’MALLEY VIA TKO R1 4:42

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SEAN O’MALLEY VIA TKO

Andrews: Another impressive finish for O’Malley.

#6 KAI KARA FRANCE VS. #7 CODY GARBRANDT

WINNER: KAI KARA-FRANCE VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 3:21

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KAI KARA-FRANCE VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Is Cody finished?

#12 GEOFF NEAL VS. #14 SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO

WINNER: GEOFF NEAL VIA SD (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO VIA TKO

Andrews: Great performance from Neal to bounce back from his last fight.

(C) AMANDA NUNES VS. #14 JULIANNA PENA 

WINNER: JULIANNA PENA VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R2 3:26

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AMANDA NUNES VIA TKO

Andrews: Easily the biggest MMA upset of all time. You have to wonder what happened to Nunes? She tapped fairly easily. Congratulations to Julianna Pena who wasn’t afraid.

MAIN EVENT

(C) CHARLES OLIVEIRA VS. #1 DUSTIN POIRIER

WINNER: CHARLES OLIVEIRA VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R3 1:02

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DUSTIN POIRIER VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! UFC 269 will be remembered for the last two fights. Congrats to Charles and Julianna.

The next UFC event is UFC on ESPN+57, which is scheduled for Saturday Dec. 18. Heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Chris Daukaus battle in the main event.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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