Charles Oliveira’s coach feels that the Brazilian deserves to fight the winner of the fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. Oliveira is coming off an utter domination over UFC legend Tony Ferguson at UFC 256, which took him to number 3 in the UFC lightweight rankings.
Speaking of this to MMA Fighting, Oliveira’s coach, with all due respect to the number 1 ranked lightweight contender – Justin Gaethje, felt that fighting the winner of Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier would be an upgrade for Oliveira’s career. He also added that there was a lot of stake involved in that fight.
“He’s coming off eight wins in a row” – Charles Oliveira’s coach
“I honestly think he deserves to go straight for the belt. He’s coming off eight wins in a row, beat Kevin Lee in great fashion and then dominated Ferguson all around—and Ferguson is one of the best of the division, won 12 straight before losing a title fight—so I think Charles is ready and has enough credibility to fight for the belt.” [via MMA Fighting]
“With all due respect, Khabib ran over [Gaethje]. That must count, and a lot. I believe Charles’ next fight has to be for the belt against the winner of Poirier and McGregor, not Justin Gaethje. But we know this fight between Poirier and McGregor involves a lot of things. We know that Poirier winning means one thing, and McGregor winning changes the whole scenario. I think there’s a lot at stake in this fight.” [via MMA Fighting]
“We absolutely want to renew the contract and book Charles’ next fight – and God willing, it will be for the belt. The position he is right now, the amount of wins he has, what he’s done in his last fight, I think he deserves an upgrade in his purse. It’s more than deserving. Not only for his position in the ranking, but also his history in the organization.” [via MMA Fighting]
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