‘I Hope to See You Soon’ – Charles Oliveira Feels Ready to Challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov

January 18, 2021 2:47 am

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.

After White talked mentioned that Nurmagomedov was impressed by what he saw in Oliveira, the latter took to Twitter. He thanked the divisional champion and added that he hopes to fight him soon.

“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.

Where does Charles Oliveira sit in the UFC lightweight title picture?

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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Rishabh Singh

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. Rishabh is a curious individual who is often fascinated by most things under the sun.

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