“He deserves a standing ovation,” Charles Oliveira thinks Conor McGregor deserves respect

Charles Oliveira says he respects Conor McGregor even after his disrespectful behavior at UFC 264, he believes what Conor has done for the sport is worth appreciating.

Charles Oliveira vs Conor McGregor
Charles Oliveira vs Conor McGregor

The trilogy match between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier was also serving as the title eliminator for the lightweight belt, the ending of the bout was unfortunate as Conor broke his foot in the very first round and Dustin was declared as the winner.

UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira was in attendance for this event, and he didn’t enjoy how this fight turned out to be. In a recent interview with Super Lutas, Oliveira stated that he felt really bad for Conor, he believes had Dustin finished the fight it would’ve given a proper closure to their rivalry.

He said, “It’s unpleasant to talk about this fight. I, Charles, see all fighters as workers who were born to do this. I treat them all well when the fight ends. I hug them, I kiss them, I thank them for the opportunity. I watched that card from top to bottom. The way Conor lost was painful. Had he been knocked out or if he had knocked out Dustin, that would’ve been cool.”

“He has my respect,” Charles Oliveira respects Conor McGregor for what he’s done for the MMA community

Charles Oliveira and Conor McGregor
Charles Oliveira and Conor McGregor

Conor passed on some incredibly disrespectful comments towards Dustin and his family, many people called him out for this, but the champ believes Conor deserves a standing ovation, he said, “He deserves a standing ovation. I don’t like the way he sells his fights, the way he talks. As an athlete, though, he’s a giant.”

Oliveira added, “He influences millions of people and earns millions of dollars, win or lose. He puts money into the pockets of lots of people. Everyone wants to fight him, because they know they’ll make money. Unfortunately, losing the way he lost, he’s going to be sidelined. He said it should take about six weeks to come back. I’m sure he’s fighting Dustin again when he’s ready. He has my respect.”

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