Charles Oliveira plotting to call out winner of Conor McGregor’s showdown with Dustin Poirier from the front row at Fight Island as in-form Brazilian attempts to bypass Justin Gaethje shootout for shot at UFC lightweight title
- Charles Oliveira is looking to put himself in prime position for a shot at the title
- The lightweight is in great form having won his last eight fights in the octagon
- Oliveira, 31, is plotting to be cageside for Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
- The Brazilian would like to fight the winner for the UFC lightweight title
- Oliveira’s coach says he does not want to fight Justin Gaethje in a shootout
Charles Oliveira is bidding to put himself in prime position for a shot at the UFC lightweight title with the Brazilian ready to call out the winner of Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor, bypassing a shootout against Justin Gaethje.
The 31-year-old is in the form of his life having won his last eight fights, the most recent of which was a dominant showing against former lightweight contender Tony Ferguson.
Oliveira and his team believe that the victory over El Cucuy displayed enough to warrant a shot at the title next. However, UFC chief Dana White has hinted that he may have to face former challenger Gaethje before earning his chance.
Charles Oliveira is bidding to put himself in prime position for a shot at the lightweight title
The Brazilian, 31, dominated Tony Ferguson to extend his winning run to eight fights straight
The Brazilian, though, has his eyes set on UFC 257, with McGregor returning to take on Poirier in Abu Dhabi. The winner of the January 23 showdown will likely compete for the title vacated by the all-conquering Khabib Nurmagomedov.
And Oliveira says he is planning to be in the front row at the new Etihad Arena, ready to call out the winner of the grudge rematch between the two lightweight rivals.
‘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 via The Mirror.
Conor McGregor (right) takes on Dustin Poirier (left) at UFC 257 on Fight Island in two weeks
And Oliveira wants front row seats on Fight Island to call out the winner of the UFC 257 clash
‘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).’
Oliveira’s comments follow on from his manager’s insistence that a shootout against Gaethje is not welcomed by the Brazilian’s camp.
The Brazilian’s team say they want a shot at the title instead of a shootout with Justin Gaethje
Gaethje, 32, lost out to Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 but also beat Ferguson in a resounding victory in May 2020. However Diego Lima, Oliveira’s manager and coach, believes the American is not deserving of a clash with his fighter
‘I honestly think he [Oliveira] deserves to go straight for the belt,’ he told MMA Fighting. ‘He’s coming off eight wins in a row, beat Kevin Lee in great fashion and then dominated Ferguson all around so I think Charles is ready and has enough credibility to fight for the belt.
‘With all due respect, Khabib ran over [Gaethje]. That must count, and a lot,’ Lima said. ‘I believe Charles’ next fight has to be for the belt against the winner of Poirier and McGregor, not Justin Gaethje.’
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