Former UFC middleweight champion and Hall of Fame inductee, Michael Bisping has claimed that from all the potential matchups within the lightweight division for former two-weight titleholder, Conor McGregor – a showdown against former lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira may favor the Dubliner the most.
Oliveira, who headlined UFC 274 two weeks ago in Phoenix, Arizona – was initially scheduled to defend his lightweight title against former interim titleholder, Justin Gaethje, until he missed championship weight by half a pound, resulting in his stripping as the undisputed champion.
The Sao Paulo remained in the main event clash, however, rallying from an early uppercut knockdown to drop Gaethje with a right hand of his own, and eventually wrapping up a first round rear-naked choke victory to land his staggering eleventh straight victory at the lightweight limit.
Following the victory, the Brazilian, who is the most prolific submission artist in the history of the organization was pegged to challenge for vacant gold in his next Octagon outing – attracting the attention of former opponent, Michael Chandler, as well as the surging, Islam Makhachev – as well as calling out the aforenoted, Conor McGregor.
Crumlin native, Conor McGregor, who was initially earmarked for a possible fall return by UFC president, Dana White, has been sidelined since July of last year where he fractured his left tibia in the opening round of his trilogy rubber match against common foe, Dustin Poirier.
Constantly linked to a potential title showdown against Oliveira, one potential backer of McGregor comes in the form of the above-mentioned color commentator, Bisping, who pointed to the fact that Oliveira has a tendency to absorb significant punishment in his Octagon outings.
“I’ve said this before, Charles (Oliveira) does get hit,” Michael Bisping said on his podcast, Believe You Me. “Out of all the matchups, that might favor Conor (McGregor) the most, simply because Charles (gets hit). For McGregor, does he deserve a title fight? No, he doesn’t. But he’s the biggest star in the sport. And sometimes that just sways it. And I wouldn’t be angry if he (Conor McGregor) got it. Charles would welcome it. That would be a massive fight, an absolute blockbuster.”
Charles Oliveira claimed he would knock out Conor McGregor if they fought in the UFC
Following his submission win over Gaethje, Oliveira claimed that the possibility to fight both McGregor, and fellow sport star, Nate Diaz in the same night would be hugely interesting to him – insisting he would knock out the former, and submit the latter.