“McGregor Chickened Out a Long Time Ago” – Charles Oliveira Reveals Why Fight With Conor McGregor Never Happened

Published 02/01/2023, 2:47 AM EST

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The supremacy of UFC superstar Conor McGregor was felt more than ever when he stayed away from the octagon. Even after losing the last two matches he fought, the Irishman is still the center of focus of the UFC community. In the past months, he has also made it to the headlines of many news channels more than ever. ‘The Notorious’ stayed away from UFC since July 2021 and everyone is waiting for his comeback. According to Charles Oliveira, for the Irishman, things are a little different now. He definitely has a lot of privileges in the UFC that come with a massive fan base.

The star, with his great fighting talent, unbothered attitude, and trash-talking, was able to gather a lot of eyeballs on him. This is one particular reason why even the top UFC fighters are dying to fight McGregor. One major reason is that a lot of money comes the way of the opponent when McGregor is involved.

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In Rio de Janeiro, Charles Oliveira appeared in a question-and-answer session with fellow Brazilian fighters Alex Pereira, Jose Aldo, and Rafael dos Anjos. The question about McGregor was put to Jose Aldo by a fan. The fan asked Aldo which fighter on the stage could beat the Irishman. ‘Junior’ expressed his fervent belief that all three can defeat ‘The Notorious’.

As per the report of MMA Fighting, dos Anjos said, “Conor picks his fights. Like Charles said, everybody wants this fight because it will be lucrative. He picks his fights. When he feels that’s the fight for him, he’ll choose it. We’ll be waiting but we’ll continue fighting in the meantime”.

Further, Oliveira also added his thoughts, “McGregor chickened out a long time ago. Like Rafael said, he handpicks his fights. I think he looks at the guy and thinks ‘I can beat this one,’ and then he signs the contract. He’s right not to fight me because he knows what will happen.Here, ‘Do Bronx’ admitted how he too wants to fight Conor McGregor. However, the privilege of ‘The Notorious’ lets him choose his opponents. 


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Oliveira further explains how the two-division champion deserves all the hype that he receives from both the media and the UFC. Even though everyone is eagerly awaiting McGregor’s comeback, nothing is finalized as of now. The Irishman still needed to book a fight. He can definitely choose whomever he wants.


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However, considering the fact that he has not won any matches in the last three years, ‘Mystic Mac’ needs to be extra careful while choosing his opponent. That’s exactly the point Oliveira was trying to make. ‘Do Bronx’ reinforces that the former champion is no longer the best of all when it comes to fighting. Hence, he is only going to choose someone who he can beat. Nonetheless, the audience needs to wait patiently to find out who Conor McGregor will choose to fight.

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Priyanka is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. She has been an ardent fan of the UFC since 2018. She is passionate when it comes to writing about the sport and this is evident in her articles.

Edited By: Rohini Kottu