‘Oliveira Has the Quit Deep Down Him’- Justin Gaethje Believes Charles Oliveira Will Quit Against Dustin Poirier

Published 08/07/2021, 1:29 AM EDT


Former UFC interim lightweight titleholder, Justin Gaethje, will return to action at UFC 268 against Michael Chandler in a lightweight clash. ‘The Highlight’ appeared on a UFC show ahead of this weekend’s UFC 265 pay-per-view.

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He opened up on many things, including his recent inactivity and his upcoming clash against ‘Iron’, who was present on the set as well. The hard-hitting lightweight also shared his prediction for a potential future fight between the current champion of his division, Charles Oliveira, and his former opponent, Dustin Poirier.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 07: (L-R) Justin Gaethje celebrates after defeating Michael Johnson in their lightweight bout during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Oliveira bettered Chandler at UFC 262 to get his hands on the prestigious UFC gold. However, Gaethje believes that as there are still signs of quit in the champion, a seasoned veteran like Dustin Poirier might just capitalize on that. Poirier is notably coming off two back-to-back wins against Conor McGregor.

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Justin Gaethje predicts Poirier to make Oliveira quit

The Highlight‘ thinks Oliveira is vulnerable when taken into deep waters. Hence, against a born fighter like ‘The Diamond’, ‘Do Bronx’ might just be exposed.

I handicap no match in the sport. I am a fan because luck and chance are always a factor. I think Dustin Poirier is better. I think Charles Oliveira still has the quit deep down in him. Not even deep, pretty shallow. Michael Chandler showed it,” said Gaethje.

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Dustin Poirier will make him quit, probably from, you know, being you know, more hungry, more pressure. We’ll see. I mean, I want Charles Oliveira to show me that he doesn’t, he is not a quitter. Because nothing has showed me that,” he added.

It’s true the Brazilian champion can be exposed. However, he has eventually managed to reach the top of the mountain with his persistent effort over the years. If anybody deserves the spotlight and attention from the fans, it’s Charles Oliveira. Fans cannot wait to see him take on an Octagon veteran like ‘The Diamond’ in the first defense of his title.

Who is your pick? Dustin Poirier or Charles Oliveira?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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