‘I Want to See Him Fight for the Title’- Joe Rogan Believes Charles Oliveira is a Serious Threat to Khabib Nurmagomedov

Published 02/25/2021, 12:36 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Charles Oliveira of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Joe Rogan spoke out on an episode on his podcast alongside newly minted middleweight contender, Kevin Holland. The famed UFC commentator had plenty to share about the state of affairs in MMA, the lightweight division, and Charles Oliveira especially. The 155-pound weight class is arguably the most stacked in the promotion, with talent running up and down the roster.

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Chiefly, Rogan did a deep dive into Oliveira, who is currently on an 8-fight win streak. ‘Do Bronx’ has smashed his way through the division and scalped wins over some of the best on offer. He’s fresh off the biggest win of his career, where he managed to steamroll Tony Ferguson in December.

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)

The Brazilian was successful in terminating any offense mounted by Ferguson, and he gave ‘El Cucuy’ problems on the ground. Furthermore, he almost sealed the contest early on with a brutal armbar that had Ferguson in trouble.

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Joe Rogan wants Charles Oliveira to fight for a title

The comedian and commentator couldn’t help but laud Oliveira for what he’s managed to accomplish at lightweight. Rogan went on to break down Oliveira’s performances and expressed an interest to see the Brazilian fight Khabib Nurmagomedov.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Announcer Joe Rogan reacts during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

“That would have been an interesting fight to see him vs Khabib. The way Oliveira controlled him [Tony Ferguson] on the ground. We wanted to know what would happen because Tony is dangerous off his back…I’m more interested to see Oliveira fight for the title than anybody in that division.”

‘Do Bronx’: On a mission for gold

Rogan also looked back at Charles Oliveira’s impressive submission win over Kevin Lee that legitimized him. Despite suffering setbacks, Oliveira has been able to showcase that he can beat any lightweight on the right night.

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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 15: Charles Oliveira of Brazil reacts to his submission victory over Jim Miller in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Fiserv Forum on December 15, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I believe he’s [Khabib] is the GOAT of that division, but I don’t know what would have happened with Oliveira until you see it. With Oliveira there are moments when Cub Swanson knocked him, there’s moments when you go back in his career and you go, this guy is not the greatest.

Then you see him in some fights like the Kevin Lee fight…He’s just so technical, everything’s so good. He’s never out of position. He doesn’t force anything… Man, I want to see him fight for the title, I wanna see him fight Dustin.”

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It’s a foregone conclusion that ‘Do Bronx’ will fight for a belt soon and he might end up capturing UFC gold as well. From his recent performances under the bright lights, it’s exceedingly hard to deny his claim as a future titleholder’.

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Darryl Pinto

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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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