Multiple sources confirmed the plans to MMA Fighting with verbal agreements in place from the athletes, although no contracts have been issued at this point.
Following a second straight win over Conor McGregor this year, Poirier stated that pursuing the lightweight title was likely the next move for him after he actually passed on a shot at the belt in favor of a third fight against the Irish superstar in July.
Despite not having the UFC title around his waist, Poirier is still ranked No. 1 by the MMA Fighting Global Rankings in the lightweight division. Overall, Poirier has gone on a ridiculous 7-1 run in his past eight fights including two wins over McGregor as well as victories against Max Holloway, Justin Gaethje and Dan Hooker.
His only blemish during that run came in a title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov in September 2019 but he’s since bounced back with three wins in a row to remain atop the lightweight divisional rankings.
As for Oliveira, the veteran Brazilian has been on a tear ever since permanently making the move to 155 pounds after depleting his body for years to compete at featherweight.
Since that time, Oliveira has been waiting to find out the first challenger to his title and now it appears he’ll draw Poirier in December as the lightweight clash in the final UFC pay-per-view of the year.