VIDEO: Here’s What Justin Gaethje Said to Charles Oliveira in the Backstage After UFC 269

Published 12/12/2021, 1:00 PM EST
DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 02: Justin Gaethje prepares to enter the Octagon against Eddie Alvarez in their lightweight bout during the UFC 218 event inside Little Caesars Arena on December 02, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Charles Oliveira showed the world that he deserves to be champion after his dominant win over Dustin Poirier this weekend. The Brazilian took Poirier out in the third round of the bout by his signature style, submission. After this win, Oliveira is touted to fight Justin Gaethje next.

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Even though Poirier is known to be a better striker than Oliveira, ‘Do Bronx’ was way ahead of him in their fight. He absolutely battered Poirier with his elbows and intricate punches. After seeing this, there is no doubt that Oliveira is one of the best, if not the best lightweight fighter in the world.

Justin Gaethje will be the next fighter to attempt to clinch the UFC gold from Charles Oliveira. Gaethje was present at UFC 269 and saw what Oliveira is capable of. He even met the champion backstage at the T-Mobile Arena after the fight.

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Gaethje praised Oliveira for his performance. He said,” that was fu*king awesome man. That was fu*king absolutely beautiful man. Honestly, it was awesome. Nothing but respect.”

Before the fight, Justin Gaethje told MMA Junkie in an interview,” I hope he wins (Oliveira), I think Poirier will win. I think Dustin wins. I don’t know when we’ll fight. Charles wins we fight May/June/ July. It’s the quickest way to get my belt. So I hope he wins.”

According to what he said, it is likely that we’ll see Gaethje take on Oliveira in the first half of 2022.

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Justin Gaethje on fighting Charles Oliveira

Justin will be taking on “Do Bronx” next year. Fans can expect this bout to be a nail-biter, owing to their current form. After Oliveira’s win against Poirier, Gaethje spoke with Megan Olivi from ESPN, backstage at UFC 269.

Gaethje said, “I saw a competitor tonight, I saw a dog and I can’t wait to break his face. He gets hit a lot, he better pray and hope that he takes me down and gets his choke because if not, we’ll see what happens.”

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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