If anyone had any doubts about Charles Oliveira‘s ability to be among the top, in the UFC lightweight division, the Brazilian answered inside the octagon. Last Saturday (12th), at UFC 256 in the co-main event, the Chute Boxe athlete had a dominating performance over Tony Ferguson, winning via unanimous decision. With the result, Oliveira scores his eighth consecutive victory with the promotion and, in his view, becomes the main contender for the title.
- Deiveson draws with Moreno, keeps his title and breaks UFC record; Oliveira puts on great performance against Ferguson
Khabib Nurmagomedov, continues to be the linear champion at lightweight, however, the Russian announced his retirement and it is not yet known if “The Eagle” will maintain his decision. Thus, Charles places himself as a challenger for the belt and in the eventual case of a vacant title challenge, he stressed that he will wait for the winner between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, which will happen on January 23rd.
“Khabib swore before his father’s grave (that he would not fight again), so I think he is not kidding. Everyone knows, I won this fight (against Tony Ferguson), so I’m the next challenger and now I’m going to wait for the fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. I have eight victories, I show up and make things happen, I finish or I knock out. Against Ferguson, I did what I wanted in that fight. I’m the next challenger for the belt, in 2021 I’ll be the first challenger. I’m going to watch McGregor x Poirier from a VIP box to see who my opponent for the belt will be ”, projected Oliveira, in an interview with ESPN America, only to immediately follow on and praise his performance against Ferguson.
“We came up with a strategy set up. We knew it would be difficult to finish, but I wanted to win, I wanted to shock the world and I think that’s what we did. We won the three rounds clearly, both in the stand up and on the ground, everyone saw it and everyone knows I was the better fighter. Ferguson came from 12 consecutive victories, he only lost to Justin Gaethje, but nobody did what I did here today (last Saturday). The fight went where I wanted it too, we did a little of everything. I took this fight with only 20 days notice, we set a strategy and came ready for it. ”, he concluded.
UFC Apex in Las Vegas (USA)
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno ended in a majority draw
Charles of the Bronx defeated Tony Ferguson by unanimous decision of the judges
Mackenzie Dern defeated Virna Jandiroba by unanimous decision of the judges
Kevin Holland defeated Ronaldo Jacaré by technical knockout in 1R
Ciryl Gané defeated Junior Cigano by technical knockout in 2R
Cub Swanson defeated Daniel Pineda by 2R knockout
Rafael Fiziev defeated Renato Moicano by technical knockout in 1R
Gavin Tucker defeated Billy Quarantillo by unanimous decision of the judges
Tecia Torres defeated Sam Hughes by technical knockout (medical interruption) in 1R
Chase Hooper submitted Peter Barrett with a heel wrench in 3R