Conor McGregor’s rival ready to call him out from front row seat at UFC 257

Conor McGregor will barely have time to catch his breath after his fight with Dustin Poirier before he's called out by another rival.

Should the Irishman beat Poirier for a second time later this month, he will a target on his back.

And Charles Oliveira plans to be at the front of the queue for a shot at the former two-weight world champion.

The Brazilian has won eight fights in a row and most recently outpointed Tony Ferguson and sits one place above McGregor in the rankings.

And the 31-year-old plans to be cageside in Abu Dhabi on January 23 with a message for the winner.

"There will be a fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, and I just have to sit in the front row, waiting for which of the two will come to fight me," he said.

"My manager is negotiating this (going to Abu Dhabi) but I also have my foot on the ground, I know that we are in a pandemic, that it is difficult for things to happen.

"So, I understand if they can’t take me. I really wanted to be there in the first row, watching (McGregor vs. Poirier) because this fight speaks volumes (for the future)."

McGregor is returning to the cage for the first time in 12 months since his 40-second stoppage of Donald Cerrone.

He has his eyes set on winning back his lightweight world title which remains in the possession of his bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The Dagestan native announced his retirement last October following his win over Justin Gaethje but remains champion.

He will hold talks with UFC president Dana White next week which could see the title vacated and on the line for McGregor's clash with Poirier.

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