Charles Oliveira Fires Back After Dustin Poirier Hints at Conor McGregor Trilogy

Published 02/04/2021, 2:21 PM EST
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)


Dustin Poirier is, arguably, the frontrunner among several contenders gunning for a shot at the UFC lightweight title. However, his win over Conor McGregor has opened the door for a trilogy with the Irishman. With Poirier showing interest in the same, fellow 155-pounder Charles Oliveira is willing to move on to fight someone else for lightweight supremacy.

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The chances of a return of the champ Khabib Nurmagomedov are extremely bleak. Therefore, it is only a matter of time unless the UFC finds two contenders who will fight for the undisputed title. Charles Oliveira holds a seven-fight win streak in the UFC lightweight division. With a win over Tony Ferguson in his last fight, Oliveira announced that he belongs in the upper echelons of the UFC’s most top-heavy division.

Hum… So don't you wanna face me for the 155's gold?

Who's next then? Who I need to beat to have this lightweight belt around my waist?#UFC https://t.co/9OOXx1nT2s

— Charles Oliveira (@CharlesDoBronxs) February 4, 2021

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A fight against the winner of the UFC 257 headliner fight was on the top of the Brazilian’s holiday wishlist. However, with all the talks of a Poirier vs McGregor trilogy, Oliveira’s question is simple – whom should he face for the UFC lightweight gold?

“Hum… So don’t you wanna face me for the 155’s gold? Who’s next then? Who I need to beat to have this lightweight belt around my waist? #UFC,” Do Bronx wrote on Twitter.

Does Charles Oliveira deserve an immediate title shot?

Charles Oliveira has come into his own as a fighter in the past few years as a fighter. While his excellent ground game always presents a threat of submission, his striking has also improved significantly. Ranked number three in the lightweight division, Oliveira is as close as he’s ever been to a title shot. However, that opportunity might still be one win away.

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Apart from Poirier and Oliveira, the other names in title contention are that of Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje. While Chandler is coming off an emphatic promotional debut at UFC 257, Gaethje’s last fight was a loss against Nurmagomedov. Depending upon how the UFC matches up the fighters, the lightweight title picture should get clear in a couple of months.

Apart from the top four, it’s hard to overlook Conor McGregor. Despite coming off a loss, if anyone can move the needle in his favor with his sheer drawing power, it has to be him. Hence, if Poirier fights him next, don’t be too surprised if the trilogy is for lightweight gold.

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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