The UFC has announced that lightweight champion Khabib Nurmahomedov is officially retired. With this decision, “Do Bronx” or Chandler will become the next 155-pound king.
Charles Oliveira has the longest active winning streak in the weight class, having won eight consecutive fights until the fight with Chandler at UFC 262.
His latest victory, a dominating performance against Tony Ferguson, promoted the Brazilian to the title contender. However, he still had to put pressure on the UFC for the title.
Most fans and analysts were expecting Dustin Poirier to be the next guaranteed fighter to fight for light gold. However, the American appears to have chosen the “fight for the money”, completing the trilogy against Conor McGregor.
In a video posted on his Instagram stories, Charles Oliveira thanked his fans as he credits the opportunity to fight for the title to their influence in the UFC.
“This fight is only happening because you pressured them because you asked for it all the time. And we understood that. Thank you, my God. I will be 100% committed to training. , more than I already do, “said Charles Oliveira translating via Sportskeeda.
“I’ll get there. This victory will be for us. I’m so happy right now – you have no idea how happy I am. I’ve already cried, I’ve already laughed. I can only thank everyone for that, ”he concluded.
UFC 262 is scheduled to take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on May 15. UFC President Dana White has announced that it will be the second event of the year with a crowd after UFC 261.
Charles Oliveira knew a fight with Conor McGregor wouldn’t bring Dustin Poirier to the title
Speak to Ariel Helwani of ESPN In the wake of UFC 257, when Dustin Poirier shocked The Notorious One in their rematch, Charles Oliveira was certain the UFC wouldn’t book a Conor McGregor fight for the title.
However, at the time, he believed Poirier should be the one he would fight to capture the 155-pound gold, not Michael Chandler.
“Conor vs. Dustin is a sell-out big fight, but that shouldn’t be happening right now. Conor was beaten, knocked out in the second round – it wasn’t a close fight. How are you going to put someone down. like that? fight for the title? ”said Charles Oliveira.
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