It would appear money may very well ‘talk’ for reigning UFC lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, who continues to flirt with a title defense against former two-weight gold holder, Conor McGregor next – claiming he would clash with the Dubliner in May if feasible.
Oliveira, who recently headlined UFC 269 earlier this month, secured the first successful defense of his lightweight crown – stopping former interim champion, Dustin Poirier with an eventual third round standing rear-naked choke.
In the time since, Oliveira has entertained both future title fights against another former interim titleholder, Justin Gaethje, as well as the returning, McGregor – claiming that only a foolish person would reject a bout agreement to fight the latter, in a bid to score a significant payday.
McGregor, who has been sidelined since featuring his left tibia back in July at UFC 264 in his trilogy rubber match loss to Poirier, is expected to return to the Octagon next summer, pending continued recovery and rehabilitation from a surgical procedure.
The 33-year-old former duel-weight kingpin has outlined an April date for his return to full mixed martial arts sparring, as well as distinctly noting his interest in an immediate title fight against Oliveira.
To boot, UFC president, Dana White also added fuel to the proverbial fire regarding the showdown, failing to rule out the possibility that the Crumlin striker competes against the Brazilian in his return.
Once more commenting on speculation linking him to a fight with McGregor, Oliveira offered to wait until May to secure a fight with the former. And maintained a fight against him could take place as high as middleweight – given McGregor’s recent mass increase.
“May would be a wonderful date,” Oliveira told Sherdog regarding a potential fight with McGregor. “Conor (McGregor) challenged me, asking (for) a date, and tweeted, Ireland vs. Brazil 2. Not only him, but also myself and all the world wants to see that fight. So let’s make it happen. I’m waiting for him in May.”
“It may be in (at) welterweight, lightweight, or middleweight, with my title on the line, or not,” Oliveira explained. “Just choose and I’ll be ready.”
Reports also emerged last week detailing how the promotion is also currently targeting a return to Rio de Janeiro for the first time since May 2019, for a tentatively planned UFC 274 pay-per-view event on May 7. at the Jeunesse Arena.
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