Charles Oliveira Asks Fans If He Should Fight Conor McGregor Or Justin Gaethje Next

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 4, 2022

    Reigning UFC lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira has asked for fan opinion on whom he should attempt to defend his crown against next – providing two options in the form of former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor, and former interim lightweight titleholder, Justin Gaethje.

    Sao Paulo submission specialist, Oliveira, most recently took main event status at UFC 269 in December, successfully defending his lightweight crown with an eventual third round standing rear-naked choke win over Dustin Poirier.

    Following the victory, Oliveira was immediately linked with a showdown against the above mentioned, Gaethje – possibly as soon as April or May of this year, with the two engaging a post-fight embrace backstage at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    However, in the weeks following the Brazilian’s successful title knockback, he has welcomed an immediate title clash with the former undisputed lightweight and featherweight champion, McGregor instead of the #1 ranked Gaethje.

    Oliveira, who extended his winning spree to 10 consecutive wins with his submission success against Lafayette native Poirier, claimed he would wait until May to secure a fight with McGregor, maintaining that only a “fool” would turn down the opportunity to fight the Dubliner, particularly with the lucrative payday which comes with a bout against the Crumlin striker. 

    Oliveira has joked that a bout with McGregor could take place as high as the middleweight limit – especially given the mass gain the latter has seen as he recovers from a fractured left tibia suffered at UFC 264 in July. And claimed that should he defend his lightweight title against McGregor, the division would simply have to lay in wait patiently. 

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    Posting on his official Instagram, Oliveira attempted to gauge interest as to who he should fight next – offering both McGregor and Gaethje as potential opponents.

    “Let’s start the year with this poll, who would you like to see fight with me (thinking face emoji),” Oliveira posted on Instagram, accompanied by a picture of him alongside McGregor, and himself against Gaethje. 

    Of note, the promotion are currently targeting a May 7. event in Oliveira’s native Brazil, at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro – which could possibly see the lightweight champion feature at the UFC 274 showcase.

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