The two big fights on UFC 269 were said to be foregone conclusions. Dustin Poirier was going to win the lightweight title while Amanda Nunes was surely going to keep on dominating in the women’s bantamweight division. Unfortunately for that duo, and their fans, Charles Oliveira and Julianna Pena stood in their way. Oliveira won the lightweight crown after Khabib retired, but many felt that Poirier was the true champion following his displays over Conor McGregor.
Oliveira, though, proved that all of those naysayers were wrong, including the bookies, as he choked out ‘the Diamond’ early in the third round, proclaiming that he’ll do while others sit by and talk about it. It was much of the same for Pena, who many believed was just the latest bit of fodder for the previously legendary Nunes. Pena was an even bigger underdog and attracted much less support than Oliveira, yet she found a way to get Nunes to tap early in the second round of the scheduled five-round clash, taking the title off her and opening up the division for a new slate of potential challengers. Or possibly some old ones?