Reigning UFC lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira is currently sitting as a small betting favorite over the former interim gold holder and #1 ranked contender, Justin Gaethje ahead of a potential showdown in the future. However, the Brazilian has recently claimed that he hopes to eventually land as a betting underdog in the fight, in order to help punters earn money off a win for him.
Oliveira, who notched his stunning tenth consecutive victory earlier this month, landed the first successful defense of his lightweight title – stopping another former interim champion, Dustin Poirier, with an eventual third round standing rear-naked choke.
The Sao Paulo native, who holds both the most submission wins and most overall finishes in the history of the entire UFC, has both welcomed future title defenses against former two-weight gold holder, Conor McGregor, and the aforenoted, Gaethje.
And despite the fact the Chute Boxe mainstay sits as a betting favorite over both feared strikers, he hopes he lands an underdog against Gaethje – in order to help bettors score monetary gain off his name and triumph.
“It’s good to be the underdog (because) many people make money, my fans make money,” Oliveira said during a recent appearance of the Trocacao Franca podcast. “Friends and fans texted me pictures of their bets. Americans betting $10,000, $20,000, $50,000 on me (to win). My friends from Brazil betting R$20,000, R$10,000. It’s good because everybody makes money.”
“When (others) don’t believe in me, a lot of people make money,” Oliveira explained. “I met people in the streets of Las Vegas, and they were like, ‘Look, I bet on you and made money.’ I hope I continue as the underdog so everybody makes money.”
Despite opening as a betting favorite against Gaethje, Oliveira sat as the underdog in his last three victories over former interim titleholders, Poirier, and Tony Ferguson – as well as his Brazil homecoming in March of last year against Kevin Lee.
With speculation mounting that Oliveira will return to the Octagon toward the beginning of the second quarter of 2022, the Brazilian continues to flirt with a potential immediate title defense against the abovementioned, McGregor, claiming he would wait until May to score a fight with the Crumlin native.
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