“I’m Waiting for Him in May” – Charles Oliveira Reveals Conor McGregor’s Personal Challenge to Him

Published 12/22/2021, 11:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira arrives at T-Mobile Arena during the UFC 264 event on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)|GettyImages


Charles Oliveira has had an amazing last 12 months in the UFC. The Brazilian fighter on top of having a 10-fight win streak has defeated some of the biggest names in the UFC.

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‘Do Bronx’ met one of the greatest lightweights of all time, Tony Ferguson at UFC 256 in December 2020. He dominated ‘El Cucuy’ in what was a career-defining performance from Oliveira.

He then challenged for the vacant UFC lightweight title. Oliveira met Michael Chandler in what was guaranteed to be an explosive fight. After being stunned in the first round, he came roaring back and won the fight and the title via TKO in the second round.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 15: Charles Oliveira of Brazil has the belt placed on him by Dana White after defeating Michael Chandler during their Championship Lightweight Bout at the UFC 262 event at Toyota Center on May 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Oliveira recently defended his title at UFC 269 against one of the biggest names in the sport, Dustin Poirier. With this victory, ‘Do Bronx’ has cemented his name as one of the greatest to ever do it and is now looking to fight the biggest MMA star.

Charles Oliveira wants a fight with Conor McGregor. In a recent interview with Sherdog, he said, “May would be a wonderful date. Conor challenged me asking a date, and tweeted Ireland vs. Brazil 2. Not only him but also myself and all the world wants to see that fight. So, let’s make it happen. I’m waiting for him in May. It may be in welterweight, lightweight, or middleweight, with my title on the line or not. Just choose and I’ll be ready.”

Will Charles Oliveira face Justin Gaethje next?

After a dominant victory over Dustin Poirier, Oliveira might have his next challenger already lined up.

Justin Gaethje, according to almost everyone, is the rightful number 1 contender. ‘The Highlight’ put on a show in his last performance against Michael Chandler and is a former interim lightweight champion. He was present backstage at UFC 269 and even congratulated the champion on defending his title.

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Oliveira, in the interview with Sherdog, talked about the possibility of Gaethje being his next opponent. He said, “Gaethje was knocked out by Poirier, who I just submitted. He was almost knocked out by Chandler, who I beat via TKO, but I’m a UFC employee. If they choose that I should fight Gaethje next, I’ll be ready too.”

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Who do you want to see Oliveira fight next? Should he wait for the McGregor fight, or should UFC book Gaethje vs. Oliveira? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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