McGregor’s tweet elicits strong response from Oliveira (2021)
The following is an article from the start of the year, featuring half of the headliners at tonight’s UFC 269 and current lightweight champion Charles Oliveira. The article is brought to you in its original, unedited form, courtesy of MMA News Archives.
[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MAY 16, 2021, 7:01 AM]
Title: Conor McGregor’s tweet elicits strong response from Charles Oliveira
For the second consecutive pay-per-view, Conor McGregor let the main event winner know he’s coming for his championship belt.
When Conor McGregor informed Kamaru Usman that he would be coming for his welterweight title after UFC 261, Usman accused him of “chasing the weight”, stating that McGregor knew full well he didn’t really want to. fight it. Others have also accused McGregor of this in the past whenever he reacts to a great performance from another fighter shortly after an event ends.
In this case, McGregor’s post-UFC 262 tweet is fairly immune to that suspicion due to the relevance of the main event to his own near-term future.
âKudos to Olivera for becoming the 11th UFC lightweight champion. I wonder who Twelve isâ¦ âMcGregor wrote.
The generally balanced Charles Oliveira gave the following response to McGregor after dipping into his newly won UFC lightweight championship against Michael Chandler.
“Conor, worry about Dustin,” Oliveira advised through an interpreter at the UFC 262 Post-Fight Press Conference. “Conor, since you’re so tough: first you beat Dustin, then you come to Brazil and I’m going to put your ass on you.” He must first pass Dustin. He’s one of those guys who talks a lot. He has to beat Dustin first.
Charles Oliveira’s victory over Chandler matched the Brazilian’s path to the title: it was hard-won and full of adversity. The fact that the all-time UFC submission holder did it with his hands is a testament to how far we’ve come as a mixed martial artist since making his UFC debut just 20 years ago over ten years.
Oliveira was ready to fight anyone who was placed in front of him along the way, so he’s not keen on fighting Conor McGregor despite his enthusiastic response. Instead, he decided to stick with his job to show up and win.
âI struggled hard to get here,â Oliveira said. âEveryone’s talking about who it’ll be next – Poirier or Conor. I’m going to leave this to my manager, and I’m going to go home and rest.
How do you think a fight would play out between undisputed new UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira and Conor McGregor?