‘It Comes Down to Dollars and Cents’- Daniel Cormier Says UFC Could Set Up Conor McGregor vs Charles Oliveira Next

Published 01/12/2022, 8:24 AM EST
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 17: Daniel Cormier is interviewed after his TKO loss to Stipe Miocic in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 241 event at the Honda Center on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Former UFC two-division champion Daniel Cormier believes Conor McGregor can get a shot at the lightweight title before anyone.


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The reigning lightweight champion of UFC Charles Oliveira recently defended his title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 279. After his successful title defense, the Brazilian champion has been going back and forth with ‘The Notorious’ for a title fight on the internet.

Hence, many are speculating about a fight between McGregor and Oliveira. However, #1 contender Justin Gaethje is already in the line for the lightweight gold next. Moreover, UFC president Dana White has declared ‘The Highlight’ the next viable prospect for a title clash.


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However, many believe that the promotion can snub anyone and put ‘The Notorious’ in line next. One of them is Daniel Cormier, who has been with the promotion inside out.

In his recent interview with The Schmo, Cormier said, I really do believe that there are different rules in regards to Conor. And people might not like it, people may hate it.”

“But if he is healthy, and he starts to chirp and Oliveira is chirping back at him and there is fan interest. I can see a world where it happens. But again, it would make so many people upset. But ultimately a lot of times, man, it comes down to dollars and cents.”

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However, DC is not the only one who believes this lightweight scenario is possible. Famous MMA coach Javier Mendez, who has trained the brightest stars of UFC, including Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev, has advised ‘Do Bronx’ to take the fight with McGregor.

Javier Mendez Tells Charles Oliveira to take the Conor McGregor Fight

After the main event of UFC 269, ‘Do Bronx’ already had a name that he could have fought next inside the UFC cage. However, McGregor’s interest in fighting for the title has left Oliveira with two opponents to choose from.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

While Gaethje is the number one contender, ‘The Notorious’ is the pay-per-view star of the promotion who brings in heavy profit for UFC as well as his opponents. Hence, Mendez advised ‘Do Bronx’ to take the money fight with McGregor in an interview with Helen Yee.


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He said, “Go for the money. Probably, if that gonna put, I mean the UFC is a business; they are gonna do what they are gonna do. So, I would think that you know.”

“Look what Dustin did. What Dustin do? Went for the title or go for the money? He went for the money. So, whoever’s gonna provide the most money for Charles is where I believe he’s gonna go.”


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‘The Notorious is on a two-fight skid and is currently recovering from an injury. He will be back to fighting this year. Meanwhile, ‘The Highlight’ is back to the win column after his previous title loss. With both fighters opting for the title, it is up to the UFC to decide who they put next for the lightweight gold.

What are your thoughts about Cormier’s words? Who do you think should be next for the 155lbs title? Let us know in the comments below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.