Charles Oliviera, though Lightweight Champion of the UFC, came in as the underdog against ‘The Diamond’ at UFC 269. But he showed the world why he was crowned Lightweight Champion after submitting Dustin Poirier with a rear-naked choke at 1:02 of Round 3.
Many fighters were at the ringside of UFC 269 such as Michael Chiesa, Aljamain Sterling, and others. Justin Gaethje, Oliveira’s lightweight rival was seen embracing the champ backstage as ‘The Highlight’ paid his respects.
“That was f**ing awesome man. Honestly, it was awesome” said Gaethje while embracing Oliviera. He turns to the translator and says “That was f**ing absolutely beautiful. Nothing but respect, honesty. You deserve it man, you deserve it” while Oliviera puts his hand on his chest before shaking it out with Gaethje.
Justin Gaethje is next in line for Charles Oliveira, and he’s planning on taking that belt away
It looks to be that Oliviera needs to take on none other than Justin Gaethje. No one else at the lightweight has a better resume than him at the moment and and ‘The Highlight’ himself said last month before his fight with Michael Chandler at UFC 268 that he deserves a shot at the title otherwise he would riot.
It was a shame that Gaethje was the last fight for Khabib which ended as a one-sided fight resulting in a huge loss for Justin. But he bounced back against Michael Chandler and showed why he needs to be considered as one of the danger men in the lightweight division.
It can’t be avoided any further for the man as it seems fair that he needs to be given his opportunity. Let’s see what Dana White has in store for the lightweight division.