Charles Oliveira Would Take An Opportunity To Become Champ-Champ

Charles Oliveira wants to be more than just a UFC lightweight champion.

He’s thinking about becoming a champ-champ.

“I really thought I couldn’t drop to 145 anymore,” Oliveira told MMA Fighting.

“But this last weight cut, I was really [close to] 155 before the fight with this work we’ve been doing, with lots of water in the body, and we believe we could easily make 145.

“If I had the opportunity to go straight for the 145 belt, I’d move down to fight. Also, if I had the opportunity to go straight for the 170 belt, I’d also move up to fight, but I believe it’s more viable to [drop down] to 145 instead of going to 170 at this moment.”

Oliveira finished off 2021 by defeating Dustin Poirier at UFC 269, solidifying his position as the lightweight king. After Khabib Nurmagomedov retired, he won the then-vacant title over Michael Chandler at UFC 262.

After an up-and-down stint at featherweight, Oliveira has found a home at 155 pounds. But would consider returning to 145 pounds.

The top man at 170lbs is Kamaru Usman and at 145 is Alexander Volkanovski.

Usman is expected to face Leon Edwards next while Volkanovski’s Max Holloway trilogy was recently canceled, and he is looking for a new opponent for UFC 272.

Oliveira is expected to defend his lightweight championship against Justin Gaethje, but a money fight with Conor McGregor is also a possibility.

Only time can tell what fights are available for Oliveira.

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