Charles Oliveira Believes He May Be ‘Too Quiet’ For The UFC’s Liking

Charles Oliveira is a quiet person by nature, but is that hurting his likability?

To rise up the UFC rankings and eventually become champion is an amazing feat. These days some fighters rely less on their fighting skills and more on their trash ta…

Charles Oliveira

Charles Oliveira is a quiet person by nature, but is that hurting his likability?

To rise up the UFC rankings and eventually become champion is an amazing feat. These days some fighters rely less on their fighting skills and more on their trash talk to reach the top. In the era of Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, perhaps too much is put on a fighter’s ability to talk. One man who is not a motormouth but instead has let his fists do the talking is the lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira.

Oliveira took the long road to the UFC title. He came to the organization back in 2010 and has had 28 fights in the UFC before becoming champion. Oliveira believes that his quiet demeanor might put him at a disadvantage in the eyes of the UFC brass. He spoke recently to MMAFighting.com about this topic.

“Maybe that’s not so good for [the UFC] that I’m too quiet, but I compensate inside the Octagon,” he said. “I’m not one of these guys that keep talking and looking for attention. I show up inside the Octagon.”

Charles Oliveira does, in fact, show up inside the Octagon. He is now on a nine-fight winning streak and has beat some of the best the 155-pound division has to offer. He will have another tough test in front of him as he gets ready to take on Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 on Dec. 11. In the lead-up to this fight, Oliveira has become more outspoken than he has in the past.

Oliveira is not a trash talker but instead talks himself up. He and Poirier are two nice guys who punch people for a living. They are set to fight for the UFC belt so there is bound to be a little tension between the two, but in the end, they are both respectful of one another.

Do you think Charles Oliveira needs to talk more or do his skills speak for themselves?

Continue Reading Charles Oliveira Believes He May Be ‘Too Quiet’ For The UFC’s Liking at MMA News.

Conor McGregor Claims He Will Fight For The LW Title Upon Return

Conor McGregor has called his next fight, a shot at the UFC lightweight title.

Conor McGregor is currently out of competition while healing up from a leg break. He suffered the injury during his second bout with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. The amoun…

Conor McGregor Dustin Poirier Charles Oliveira

Conor McGregor has called his next fight, a shot at the UFC lightweight title.

Conor McGregor is currently out of competition while healing up from a leg break. He suffered the injury during his second bout with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. The amount of time away from the cage is unknown at this point but despite the last two losses, McGregor seems to think he will be next for a title shot.

McGregor called his title shot on Twitter while responding to a post by ESPN as to who the former dual division champ will face next.

“Hi lads, here goes, clicks and the like. Your boss and what not. The Mac. Santy Claus. I’m facing whoever the fuck has that LW title next. Deal with it. Take off your goggles and mark the trilogy “unfinished”. Deal with that too. The rest mentioned, after this. Deal. With. It,” McGregor wrote of his impending UFC return.

The champion of the lightweight division is currently Charles Oliveira. He will be making his first defense against Dustin Poirier next month at UFC 269. Whoever walks away with the belt around their waist that night will most likely not see McGregor next. He is now 1-3 in his last four fights, with two losses coming from Poirier.

There have been talks of Justin Gaethje or Islam Makhachev waiting in line for a shot at the belt. Both men are coming off impressive wins and could be next for the champ. Some would argue that McGregor should be fighting a non-contender next since he has recently dropped to #9 in the rankings.

The thing McGregor undoubtedly has going for him is his popularity. He is a big money fight for anyone. If the champion wants to fight him, that could possibly be arranged. This might be unlikely, but McGregor has skipped the line before.

McGregor is also interested in trying his hand at Poirier again, and if Poirier becomes the champion, that could kill two birds with one stone.

Do you think Conor McGregor should be fighting for the title when he returns next year?

Continue Reading Conor McGregor Claims He Will Fight For The LW Title Upon Return at MMA News.

Rafael Dos Anjos Expects Oliveira To Submit Poirier At UFC 269

Rafael Dos AnjosThe former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos backs his fellow countryman, Charles Oliveira in his first title defence against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 on December 11th.  During an interview with RT Sport MMA, dos Anjos opened up about the landscape of the lightweight division. “I see Charles Oliveira finishing Dustin Poirier. If Charles […]

Rafael Dos Anjos

The former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos backs his fellow countryman, Charles Oliveira in his first title defence against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 on December 11th. 

During an interview with RT Sport MMA, dos Anjos opened up about the landscape of the lightweight division.

“I see Charles Oliveira finishing Dustin Poirier. If Charles is trying to exchange with him, he has a chance of losing that fight; a little chance cause he can get caught. But Poirier is not very hard to take down. It’s not very hard to take Poirier down. And I think Charles is going to manage to take him down. They’re gonna scramble, and Charles is gonna finish him. Because we see in the past, his submission, his ground game skills are not on the high level. He’s a good fighter, good stand-up fighter, but he’s not very good on the ground.”

Rafael Dos Anjos Belives Charles Oliveira Will “Go Through” Dustin Poirier

He also added that: “He got a good mindset right now. He’s coming back-to-back with a lot of wins, and it builds up your confidence. So, it’s good. I think Charles – with all due respect to Dustin – but he’s gonna go through him. I think Charles is gonna win; gonna keep the belt.”

Rafael dos Anjos is looking to fight again in either January or February, with him having to pull out of his highly anticipated matchup with prospect Islam Makhachev due to a knee injury. 

The “Diamond” has had a taste of UFC gold, with Poirier becoming the interim lightweight champion after beating featherweight great Max Holloway in 2019. 

However he was unable to unify the belt with the champion Khabib submitting him in the third round.

Poirier did bounce back winning a slug fest unanimous decision against Dan Hooker, then with back to back wins over the former lightweight and featherweight champion Conor Mcgregor the “Diamond” had solidified himself as the number one contender. 

But standing in Dustin’s way of UFC greatest is the lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, who has the most submission wins in UFC history as well as, being on a nine fight win streak with win’s over former interim champion Tony Ferguson and former Bellator champion Michael Chandler. 

Who do you think will win the UFC lightweight title? 

Charles Oliveira Believes He Has More Weapons Than Dustin Poirier

Charles Oliveira Dustin PoirierCharles Oliveira believes he has more tools in his game than Dustin Poirier. Oliveira will look to defend his lightweight title for the first time when he faces Poirier in the UFC 269 headliner taking place December 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Despite being the champion, many still regard Poirier as the true king of […]

Charles Oliveira Dustin Poirier

Charles Oliveira believes he has more tools in his game than Dustin Poirier.

Oliveira will look to defend his lightweight title for the first time when he faces Poirier in the UFC 269 headliner taking place December 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Despite being the champion, many still regard Poirier as the true king of the 155-pound division following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement.

Oliveira doesn’t care too much as he believes he’ll still have question marks even if he defeats Poirier.

“Someone else will show up when I win and be like, ‘Oh, you have to beat this one now, you have to beat that one,’” Oliveira said in a recent interview. “We’ll keep on fighting, keep on making history, staying focused and centered. Putting on great fights. I wanted to fight the best, and I’ve been doing that.

“No one has such a gigantic winning streak like me, nine in a row with only one decision — and you all saw it, you can’t debate it. Many people say I have to beat Dustin to prove I’m the champion. I am the champion. I won [the belt] earlier this year and I’ll defend my belt now.”

Charles Oliveira: You Know What Happens If I Take Him Down

For most observers, Poirier’s path to victory is getting the knockout.

However, with Oliveira, he not only has his improved striking — which earned him a second-round knockout win over Michael Chandler to win the belt earlier this year — but his dominant grappling and jiu-jitsu game.

And so, “Do Bronx” feels confident in his abilities to come out on top.

“On [December] 11, we’ll be there to prove who’s best and who’s not the best,” Oliveira said. “There’s not much to say. We’ll only know when we face each other. I trust myself, I believe myself. I think I have way more weapons than him. All you guys that think [he’s No. 1], watch his last fight and watch my last fight, see what I’m good at and what he’s good at, and match it all up to see what happens.

“Strikers took him down way too easily, and you know what happens if I take him down. If he trades on the feet with me, you know I’m hitting hard, brother. It will be fire on the 11th. I have firepower in my hands, I have my jiu-jitsu. I respect him a lot, but I want to remain champion, I want to keep this belt here. I couldn’t care less what others say or criticize. It’s about time I take all that inside my head and look at what people say on Instagram.”

Who do you have winning at UFC 269 between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier?

Charles Oliveira: I Do Not Have To Beat Poirier To Prove I’m The Champ

UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira feels he has nothing to prove headed into his first title defense against Dustin Poirier.

Oliveira will defend the title against Poirier in the main event of UFC 269, which is easily the biggest fight of hi…

Charles Oliveira Dustin Poirier

UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira feels he has nothing to prove headed into his first title defense against Dustin Poirier.

Oliveira will defend the title against Poirier in the main event of UFC 269, which is easily the biggest fight of his career to this point. Poirier earned the No. 1 contender spot after earning back-to-back wins over Conor McGregor earlier this year.

Poirier was offered the shot at the then-vacant lightweight title before opting to take a trilogy fight with McGregor. Some believe that Poirier is the unofficial lightweight champion over Oliveira because he turned down the original title shot offer.

During a recent interview on MMA Fighting’s Trocacao Franca podcast, Oliveira said he doesn’t believe a win over Poirier would assert himself as the true king of the 155-pound division. He feels he’s rightfully earned that title.

“Someone else will show up when I win and be like, ‘Oh, you have to beat this one now, you have to beat that one,’” Oliveira said. “We’ll keep on fighting, keep on making history, staying focused and centered. Putting on great fights. I wanted to fight the best, and I’ve been doing that.

“No one has such a gigantic winning streak like me, nine in a row with only one decision — and you all saw it, you can’t debate it,” Oliveira said. “Many people say I have to beat Dustin to prove I’m the champion. I am the champion. I won [the belt] earlier this year and I’ll defend my belt now.”

Charles Oliveira Had A Difficult Path To The UFC Title

Charles Oliveira
Charles Oliveira, Credit: Getty Images

Even though Charles Oliveira had a difficult climb to the top of the lightweight division, he isn’t worried about being unanimously respected by the MMA community for his accolades.

“Eleven years to become champion, nine wins in a row, most bonuses and submissions [in UFC history], the man that took the longest to fight for the belt,” he said. “I think that demands respect. Everybody said I didn’t deserve the Michael Chandler fight. I was coming off eight straight wins. Who had more wins that me in the division? I don’t leave if up to the judges. … How do I not get the respect?

“Many people outside and inside of Brazil respect me, they know my history, but many people won’t respect me,” Oliveira said. “If God didn’t please everyone, why should I? I’ll continue to make history, continue to make it happen, and continue to fight the best.”

Oliveira earned the belt over Michael Chandler at UFC 262. Oliveira and Chandler battled for the vacant title after Khabib Nurmagomedov retired following his win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

Oliveira rose to the top of the lightweight division after going on a historically great winning streak. He defeated top contenders such as Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee, and veteran Jim Miller to get to the title.

Oliveira made the full-time move to lightweight after an up-and-down tenure at featherweight. He had a series of issues cutting to 145 pounds which resulted in him moving up a division.

Oliveira vs. Poirier will be the last UFC pay-per-view of 2021, and all eyes will be on the two top lightweights in MMA as they go to battle in the Octagon.

What is your prediction for Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier at UFC 269?

Continue Reading Charles Oliveira: I Do Not Have To Beat Poirier To Prove I’m The Champ at MMA News.

Chandler: I Don’t Need To Get Oliveira Loss Back

UFC lightweight contender Michael Chandler has suggested he has no burning desire to exact revenge on current champion Charles Oliveira.

After less than a year in the UFC and just one Octagon outing, Chandler found himself fighting for the 155-poun…

UFC 262: Chandler vs. Oliveira, Michael Chandler

UFC lightweight contender Michael Chandler has suggested he has no burning desire to exact revenge on current champion Charles Oliveira.

After less than a year in the UFC and just one Octagon outing, Chandler found himself fighting for the 155-pound title in just his second appearance. After serving as backup for the UFC 254 main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje last October, the former three-time Bellator champ made his much-awaited debut on Fight Island in January this year.

In what most thought would be a difficult first test, Chandler breezed past top-10 contender Dan Hooker with a first-round TKO at UFC 257. After Khabib retired and vacated the gold, and Dustin Poirier favored a third fight with McGregor over the title, “Iron” found himself battling promotional veteran Charles Oliveira for the belt.

Despite coming inches away from championship glory in the opening round, Chandler saw his title hopes slip away in the second. After a mighty comeback, “Do Bronx” secured a TKO and left Houston’s Toyota Center as the new lightweight king.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CPJEEGggGGq/

Chandler Has No Desire For Revenge

Having suffered defeat after coming so close to title glory, Chandler certainly would’ve been forgiven for neglecting media appearances and taking some time to himself. Instead, the #4-ranked 155-pound star broke his loss down on a podcast just days later, and continues to maintain a positive attitude towards his one and only setback in the promotion.

In line with that, Chandler recently claimed he doesn’t feel the need to get the Oliveira fight back and right his UFC 262 wrong. During an interview with MMA Fighting, the 35-year-old said that whilst he’s happy to face “Do Bronx” again for the title, he won’t actively pursue a rematch unless gold is involved.

“Honestly, for me, I never want to get one back, you know. To me, as a man, I look at the sport, whether it’s this sport or any other sport, that it’s just competition and the names and the faces don’t really matter. It’s a guy with two arms and two legs, and he was gonna compete against me that night and he got the better of me, Charles Oliveira did, or there’s been 20 something other times in my career that I’ve got the better of other guys. It’s never, for me, been about getting anything back. I’ve lost numerous times in my career, none of those I need to get back or want to get back.

“Obviously, when I beat Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira fights Poirier, if he wins, of course there’s an extra added incentive, not to just go and fight for the UFC title again, win the UFC title, but to beat the guy who took it from me the first time, or took that opportunity from me… that would definitely be some icing on that cake. But it’s never been about the opponent for me. It’s always been about myself.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/CVvBj5MNOe4/

Whether against Oliveira or Poirier, who are set to square off for the lightweight title at UFC 269 next month, Chandler could well be fighting for UFC gold again in 2022 if he’s victorious this weekend. Continuing his trend of only competing against the best in the promotion, “Iron” will open the UFC 268 main card on Saturday against former interim champ Justin Gaethje.

Who do you think will have their hand raised at UFC 268, Michael Chandler or Justin Gaethje?

Continue Reading Chandler: I Don’t Need To Get Oliveira Loss Back at MMA News.