Charles Oliveira Explains Why He Deserves UFC Title Shot
Charles Oliveira feels he’s due for a shot at the UFC Lightweight gold.
Oliveira is riding a seven-fight winning streak. In that span, he’s beaten the likes of Kevin Lee, Nik Lentz, Jim Miller, and Clay Guida. The man known as “do Bronx” hasn’t been defeated since December 2, 2017.
Having just turned 30 and with a wealth of pro MMA experience, Oliveira feels the timing is right for a crack at the UFC Lightweight Championship. He told MMAFighting.com that the “easy math” suggests he’s a rightful contender.
“For everyone that loves fights or makes a living out of this, MMA reporters, that’s easy math. I have the longest winning streak today, I don’t leave it in the hands of the judges, I finish them all. Everyone ranked ahead of me is coming off a loss (in the division). The only exception is Dustin Poirier. I think it’s only fair that I’m the next challenger, that I have a chance to fight for the belt.
“I know I’m No. 6 today and I know there are a lot of fighters ahead of me. Like I said, Dustin Poirier is coming off a win. Conor McGregor said he retired and now he’s booking a fight with Dustin Poirier. We don’t know who should be the other guy, but I think I deserve this. It’s seven in a row, not one, and I don’t go the distance. I just need an opportunity.”
Oliveira has 10 “Performance of the Night” bonuses. He also has three “Submission of the Night” bonuses. On top of that, Oliveira has been awarded three “Fight of the Night” bonuses. As if those accolades weren’t enough, Oliveira holds the record for most submission victories under the UFC banner with 14.