Charles Oliveira, fresh off his win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 256, is already thinking about his next fight, saying he would like to fight the winner of the Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier fight.
A couple of days ago, we mentioned that we would be happy to discuss with our followers what’s next for Charles Oliveira (30-8-0, 1NC), and here we are. Charles Oliveira, after a dominant points victory over Tony Ferguson (26-5-0), has actually proven himself to be one of the UFC‘s lightweight fighters to watch closely.
By defeating Ferguson, Oliveira extended his string of consecutive victories to eight, which is why his sights are now set higher. In addition, it seems that his performances are improving fight after fight and what he expressed against Tony Ferguson was definitely a masterpiece. El Cucuy, unfortunately, has never given the impression of been in control of the fight due to the pressure, aggressiveness and workrate of Oliveira which led to a series of spectacular take-downs. As a result, Oliveira fully deserves to think big and he has all the rights to demand to be shortlisted for a title shot.
In the post-fight press conference, Charles Oliveira has stated that he has two desires: the first is to face the winner of the Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier fight, and the second is to have a UFC lightweight title fight to fulfill his lifelong dream. However, at the moment, the UFC lightweight belt is still held by Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0-0), and there is still no word on whether or not the latter will return to fight. Also, considering that Dana White is certain that Khabib will return (or he pretends to be certain), it may take a while before the UFC decides to vacate that belt.
What has struck me of Charles Oliveira during the press conference was his realism and intelligence. First of all, he has shown a lot of maturity as a man not provoking Khabib but accepting his retirement decision. In addition, Oliveira has been sincere in admitting that fighting Conor McGregor would be more lucrative than a fight with Dustin Poirier. Such a great attitude is, unfortunately, rare among MMA fighters who prefer to come up with big provocations and senseless statements for their 30 seconds of notoriety.
Oliveira is clear about his future and what he wants next. Now, we have to wait with him for the outcome of the Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier fight, scheduled for January 23 during the UFC 257 event. The destiny of UFC 256 may have taken away Tony Ferguson but, at the same time, a new star may be born.