Diego Lima, the coach of former UFC light-weight champion Charles Oliveira, revealed that his star pupil has Conor McGregor and Islam Makhachev in his sights.
After being stripped of the belt on account of a botched weight lower, Oliveira earned the chance to combat for the vacant title by making fast work of Justin Gaethje in the principle occasion of UFC 274.
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During an interview with Sherdog, Lima was requested about the way forward for ‘Do Bronx’ within the division. If Oliveira may have his manner, in accordance with Lima, his alternative could be a showdown in opposition to McGregor in Brazil:
“Charles did three belt disputes in 12 months, he is coming from an 11-fight win streak, has beaten all the submission records in UFC history. If UFC is planning to make an event in Sao Paulo or Rio [in] December, it would make all sense to have him here leading this card. I can guarantee if they make Charles and [Conor McGregor] in Sao Paulo, UFC fans will see the most exciting and noisy crowd in UFC history.”
However, Lima acknowledged that McGregor may go a unique route in his comeback combat. With that being the case, the Brazilian coach revealed that Oliveira has Makhachev as his “Plan B.” Lima continued:
“Both McGregor or Makhachev would make sense. Our plan A would be Conor in Brazil in December; Plan B, New York [in] November; and the last choice would be Abu Dhabi [in] October.”
Lima identified that the ex-champ is not too eager on preventing in Abu Dhabi, which he described as “almost [Makhachev’s] hometown.”
Charles Oliveira explains why he desires Conor McGregor
Charles Oliveira didn’t mince phrases when requested why preventing Conor McGregor was a excessive precedence for him.
During an interview with ESPN Brazil, Oliveira admitted that, for him, preventing a McGregor combat is probably the most profitable possibility. ‘Do Bronx’ admitted:
“It would be a very good fight for me. [Fighting Conor McGregor] would put a lot of money in my pocket, and [at this moment] that’s the most important thing. And it would also be really good for my legacy, for me to have in my story. Regardless, if he’s coming from defeat or not, he’s a guy who’s made history, so I think it would be great, but it’s not just up to me. If it were up to me, this fight would already be happening.”
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In a earlier interview, Oliveira’s coach, Lima, additionally claimed that McGregor is seen as a brilliant villain determine in his residence nation. The Irishman, in fact, owns notable wins over Brazilian fan favorites Jose Aldo and Diego Brandao.
Considering the Irishman’s measurement and walk-around weight for the time being, it appears unlikely McGregor will likely be prepared to make the lower to 155lbs as soon as once more. With the thrill surrounding his return to the octagon constructing, followers will nonetheless have to attend to see who ‘The Notorious’ will face in his extremely anticipated comeback combat.