The UFC did everything possible to hype the ‘decision’ that Khabib Nurmagomedov took after his meeting with Dana White. However, it turned out as disappointing for many fans. One takeaway from White’s revelation was that the lightweight champ thinks highly about Charles Oliveira and his recent run. Consequently, the Brazilian also feels he is ready to challenge ‘The Eagle’ for the belt soon.
Oliveira made ways with his performances last year. First off, he submitted Kevin Lee in March via a guillotine choke. He then faced the toughest test of his lightweight run as he stepped up against former interim champion Tony Ferguson in December. His performance against the Boogeyman proved that he is for real and is a threat to anyone in the top five of the division.
“Thank you @TeamKhabib. All due respect, I delivered, and I feel ready to challenge you for the gold. Let’s go! I hope to see you soon,” Oliveira wrote on Twitter.
The 155-pounds division of the UFC is undoubtedly the most top-heavy division of the UFC roster. The title picture is also not very clear due to the champ’s sudden retirement at UFC 254. Nurmagomedov has achieved everything he would’ve chalked out at the beginning of the UFC. Therefore, he wants to see one of the challengers put up a show that makes him come out of his retirement.
Four of the top lightweights in the UFC will try to achieve the same next weekend. The advantage for Oliveira is that he has already set the bar high with the way he outclassed a former interim champion last month. He can also claim to have never submitted to the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov, something which his contemporaries like Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje can’t.
However, Oliveira probably still needs one more dominant win to leapfrog the massive names that lie ahead of him in the rankings. On top of it, he would have to wish that McGregor doesn’t win at UFC 257. If that happens, there is no second-guessing that the UFC will try to push the rematch between Nurmagomedov and McGregor.
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