UFC 262- New Champion – Charles Oliveira : In the wake of UFC 262, Dustin Poirier had kind words for Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler.
Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) was widely regarded as the better half of Saturday’s vacant lightweight title fight at the Toyota Center in Houston, in which Oliveira won by TKO in the second round over Chandler.
Instead, Poirier has agreed to a trilogy fight with Conor McGregor, which will take place on July 10 in Las Vegas at UFC 264.
“The Diamond” was on hand to watch the title fight and praised Oliveira’s (31-8 MMA, 19-8 UFC) results, as well as telling Chandler (22-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) to stay optimistic (via Twitter):
Poirier will seem to be a shoo-in to be Oliveira’s first title challenger if he can replicate his performance against McGregor at UFC 257 in January, where he won a second-round TKO.
In the immediate aftermath of Oliveira’s victory, UFC president Dana White made no promises about the future, because it’s unclear what will happen next at 155 pounds.
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HOUSTON, TX – Charles Oliveira seemed to be open to defending his UFC title against Conor McGregor, but he reminded the Irishman that he has other matters to attend to first.
Oliveira (31-8 MMA, 19-8 UFC) won the vacated lightweight title by TKOing Michael Chandler (22-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in the second round at the Toyota Center in Houston on Saturday. McGregor took to social media shortly after the victory to announce his intention to challenge for the title.
Oliveira referred to McGregor’s (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC) tweet during his post-fight press conference, stating that he was interested in the fight, but only if “The Notorious” wins the trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) at UFC 264 on July 10, which is far from a foregone conclusion.
If that happens, Oliveira said he would invite McGregor to fight for the belt in his home country of Brazil.
After the fight at UFC 262, Oliveira told reporters, including MMA Junkie, via an interpreter, “Conor, concern about Dustin.” “Because you’re so tough, Conor, you beat Dustin first, and then you come to Brazil, and I’m going to throw you on your backside. He has to get over Dustin first. He’s one of those guys who just talks and talks and talks and talks and talks and talks and talks and talks and talks and talks and talks and talks and talks and He must first defeat Dustin.”
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If the stars align, Oliveira might get his wish. McGregor has long tried to fight in Brazil, and in June 2018, he came close to fighting Rafael dos Anjos there.
But that’s a matter for the future, and Oliveira is right now savouring the moment of a monumental title triumph. He had to go through some tough moments in the octagon with Chandler, almost finishing him with punches in the first round before turning around and knocking him out in the first seconds of the second.
Oliveira said he didn’t take the easy fight, but he felt he had what it took to win in his record-breaking 28th octagon debut.
Oliveira admitted, “I knew it was going to be difficult.” “He’s the best of the best. Michael Chandler was brought here to win. But I knew if it came down to a strike, I could strike with him, and if it came to that, I’d use my jiu-jitsu.”
Oliveira’s immediate plans, according to him, are to rest and enjoy the moment. He understands that there are a slew of names vying for the 155-pound title, and he said he’ll defer to his management and the UFC brass in making the final call.
“I had to fight hard to get here. All is debating whether Poirier or Conor will be the next victim. I’ll leave it to my boss, and I’m going to relax at home.”