According to former lightweight champion coach Charles Oliveira, the UFC will announce his next bout “in about 10 days.”
Chute Boxe’s Diego Lima spoke to Sherdog recently, and he confirmed that the ad is working on setting up the Brazilian’s next ride inside the Octagon.
“We had a few meetings, all of which were very productive,” Lima told the outlet. “We left there very satisfied, and in about 10 days the UFC has to announce their final decision, which is one of the options we discussed. What the UFC announces will be fine by us.”
Although Lima isn’t sure which way the promotion will go, there are two names on Oliveira’s list: Conor McGregor and Islam Makhachev.
“Do Bronx” wants to fight McGregor in January at an event in Brazil. However, he is also prepared to take on Makhachev if the UFC pays him proportionately.
“I really want a fight with McGregor in Brazil, in January,” Oliveira said in an interview with Combate (h/t Bloody Elbow). “Which can be really nice. Everyone knows I’m interested in that fight for the money. But if the UFC wants me to fight Islam Makhachev next, they’d better deposit a lot of money in his bank account. Me. Location doesn’t matter. I’m a pro, I’m a champion. Make it happen.
“I like to fight at the end or the beginning of the year. I really want to fight in November or December. However, if that happens around that time, I can wait until January to fight in Brazil. It’s been a long time since I last fought with time. It’s been great to fight so close to my fans, friends, and family.”
Oliveira lost his belt after being underweight in his last fight
Although Oliveira (33-8, 1 N/C) is considered the top boxer of lightweight, he is not an official champion. Do Bronx was forced to vacate the belt in May after he hit a half-pound weight over the 155-pound championship limit.
When his fight with Justin Gaethje began at UFC 274, Oliveira officially dropped the title. Although he submitted “The Highlight” in the first round, he was not eligible to claim the strap back.
Oliveira versus Makhachev is seen by many in the MMA community as a fight for the block’s gold. Makhachev (22-1) is ranked 4th in the tournament and is on a 10-game winning streak.
Oliveira wants to try and get Khabib Nurmagomedov to retire by defeating Makhachev
One fighter that Oliveira has never met in the cage is former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. “The Eagle” retired in October 2020 after defending his third title, leaving with a 29-0 record.
Nurmagomedov is heralded by many as the greatest 155-pound boxer ever, and Oliveira plans to lure the Russian into retirement by hitting his friend and longtime training partner, Makhachev. . That’s what he told AG Fight in a recent interview.
“I will beat him (Makhachev),” Oliveira said via MMA Fighting. “So who knows, maybe you’re about to retire and will come too?! Each person says what they want. I’m the division’s problem. I have one of the best jiu-jitsu [games] in the division and in the UFC. I think these people are talking too much. They wanted to enter my mind, but it was impossible.
“He won, 29 wins in a row, and never said anything. He’s always sold well, really good, and today he’s always talking a lot. If it was to talk, I would say it. I will defeat Islam Makhachev and then challenge Khabib again after retiring. It’s a fight everyone will want to see. Isn’t that what people will want to see? Everyone says Khabib is tough. I have a lot of respect for him, but lately, he talks too much.”
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