‘Everyone Will Be Knocked Out’- Charles Oliveira Warns Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier Ahead of UFC 264

Published 07/02/2021, 12:59 AM EDT
ROCHESTER, NY – MAY 18: Charles Oliveira stands in the octagon during a lightweight bout against Nik Lentz at Blue Cross Arena on May 18, 2019 in Rochester, New York. Oliveira defeats Lentz in the second-round by TKO. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)


Charles Oliveira has been on a tear in the UFC and his title fight at UFC 262 caught everyone’s attention. The newly crowned lightweight champion has evolved his game to a significant degree in the last few years, and it’s showing in his results. He won the strap by overcoming early adversity and stopping Michael Chandler via second-round TKO.

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Oliveira’s win proved to fans that he has an extensive toolkit of weapons and is not just a grappling phenom. He’s got a comprehensive grip in the striking department and is confident he can become a KO machine. In fact, as he’s knocked out three of his last five opponents, fans expect striking violence from ‘Do Bronx’.

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Charles Oliveira: Putting his adversaries to sleep

The Brazilian champion has his eye on the winner of the upcoming pay-per-view headliner between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. Although unspoken, the general consensus is that the winner between Poirier and McGregor will be next to fight for gold. Oliveira is open to the idea of facing either man and is confident he can concuss either potential opponent on the feet.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Charles Oliveira of Brazil punches Tony Ferguson in their lightweight bout during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“I never choose opponents. I am always ready to fight. They are two big names in the sport, the lightweights. Everyone knows that a fight with Conor has a lot of money and one with Dustin not so much, but they are two great opponents… I really believe in my Jiu-Jitsu against either of them, but something tells me that if I fought them, I would knock them both out. I’m feeling fine.”

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“A few years ago, Charles was the Jiu-Jitsu guy who walked forward, took a beating, and was a little afraid,” Oliveira said. “Today, I’m not afraid to fight these guys… This shows how much I’m evolving on my feet. It will definitely be a great fight. Charles, today, is not a Jiu-Jitsu fighter. He’s a complete fighter, both standing and on the ground. But I think everyone will be knocked out.”[h/t BJ Penn.com]

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (L-R) Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Along with Oliveira, the entire world will be watching the showdown between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. The fight has implications not only for the next title fight, but also for the legacies of both fighters.

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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