Islam Makhachev won the UFC lightweight title with a flawless performance against Charles Oliveira, according to Dustin Poirier.
A dominant performance by Makhachev (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) in the second round led to a submission victory and the vacant title at UFC 280. Poirier, who had been submitted by Oliveira at UFC 269. was taken aback by what Makhachev did to him.
“Man, very impressed,” Poirier said.
“Very impressed. He went in there and did it as smooth as you can possibly go in there and do it. You know, no marks, no cuts, no bruises, and he’s a world champion. That’s a sweet night, man. I’m very impressed with him.”
“I mean, it’s huge,” Poirier said.
“You know, you can’t be – in this day and age in mixed martial arts, you can’t be a fighter who has one thing. You have to be able to do it all. You have to be a mixed martial artist, and he showed that. He went out there and hurt Charles and then put him away at his own game. That’s the highest level.”