Justin Gaethje Fires Shots at Charles Oliveira- Questions the Strength of His 8-Fight Win Streak

Published 02/12/2021, 6:45 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 23: Justin Gaethje poses on the scale during the UFC 254 weigh-in on October 23, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


UFC lightweight, Justin Gaethje, took to Twitter and expressed his unhappiness with people hyping Charles Oliveira. ‘The Highlight’ who comes in as one of the marquee contenders in the division certainly has a say in the matter. Chiefly, Gaethje believes that Oliveira’s resume doesn’t hold up to that of the other mainstays currently in the division.

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‘Do Bronx’ is on an 8-fight win streak and is coming off the biggest win of his career where he dominated Tony Ferguson. Gaethje opined that barring the Ferguson win, Charles Oliveira’s resume needs some major work. There could be some validity to that considering that there’s a lack of name-value coming in on his record.

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Given the manner in which the upper echelon of the lightweight division is formed, there are no easy fights on the ranks. However, in order to drum up mass interest, it’s essential to scalp some wins over fighters with mass fan appeal. However, the Brazilian believes that he’s done enough to make a run straight for the UFC title with his current streak.

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The Division 1 wrestler from Colorado was the last man to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov before ‘The Eagle’ retired. ‘The Highlight’ would be choked out unconscious via Triangle Choke in the second round, breaking his 4-fight streak. Prior to the loss, Gaethje had finished some of the biggest names in the lightweight division.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The 22-3 fighter has only lost to champions in the organization in his entire career thus far. He fell to Eddie Alvarez, Dustin Poirier, and Khabib Nurmagomedov, thus proving that it takes the best of the best to stop him. There’s plenty on the line for Gaethje, who’s bound to be a perennial contender heading into the year.

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However, he certainly has some stiff competition to face before the belt’s wrapped around his waist. Fighters like Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, and especially Charles Oliveira have already put themselves in the conversation. It’s a matter of time before he comes into a consequential match-up to determine his spot in the weight class.

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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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