Tony Ferguson’s return after his devastating loss to Justin Gaethje back at UFC 249 did not go as per plan. Charles Oliveira put up a performance of a lifetime against the very dangerous and former interim champion to cement his status as a top lightweight contender.
It was disheartening for many fight fans to see the former interim champion lose his second straight fight. Needless to say, the Brazilian fighter looked extremely impressive against Ferguson. He came almost unscathed against a dangerous opponent who has caused great damage to his opponents in his previous outings inside the Octagon.
Oliveira took to Twitter and congratulated Tony Ferguson for the excellent fight. He also thanked him for the opportunity.
With a win over Ferguson, Oliveira will find himself at the top of the lightweight division. Needless to say, a potential top-5 match-up is a likely possibility. The MMA veteran has been with the UFC for almost a decade now. He will look to make a championship run on the back of his impressive win streak.
Oliveira has expressed his desire to face the winner of UFC 257’s Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier. However, the possibility of that happening soon looks distant. There’s a reason to believe that Oliveira could take on the loser of that fight.
Meanwhile, the winner could be looking to fight for the championship belt. Since ‘El Cucuy‘ was coming off a loss against Justin Gaethje, it hardly makes sense for the UFC to award him a title opportunity in his next bout.
The lightweight division looks completely packed and it will be interesting to see what lies ahead for the Brazilian fighter. Does Charles Oliveira have what it takes to reign as the UFC lightweight champion?
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