‘I’m Going To Be Here With My Belt’: Charles Oliveira Responds To Justin Gaethje
Charles Oliveira has something to say to Justin Gaethje.
Gaethje, a former interim lightweight champion, said that he couldn’t recognize Oliveira as champion until he beats Dustin Poirier. Oliveira didn’t agree with the statement and said Gaethje should fight more and talk less.
“What I have to say to Gaethje is do your job, win your fights and get your opportunity, just like I did and make it happen,” Oliveira responded.
“I’m going to be here with my belt,” he added. “When you get nine straight wins you may complain with Dana. Nine months ago, I was top seven, asking for an opportunity against a top-five contender. Ten days before UFC 256, Ferguson’s opponent got hurt and I was in shape ready to accept the UFC invitation.”
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Oliveira is the newly crowned lightweight king and remains an undisputed lightweight champion.
After Khabib Nurmagomedov vacated the title, Oliveira and Michael Chandler shared the octagon to find out who the next champion is.
Oliveira was hurt in the first round and Chandler almost finished him, but Oliveira came back in the second round and finished him via left hook and punches.
“Today I’m not worried about who said bad things about me, or who I’m gonna fight against,” the champ explained. “My main concern is to be ready to face any challenger [the] UFC chooses, and that’s what I’m gonna be in December, against Poirier or any other.”
Last week, Poirier said he didn’t see Oliveira as the toughest opponent in the division.
Oliveira will share the octagon with No. 1 ranked lightweight Poirier at UFC 269 on December 11. Meanwhile, Gaethje will face Chandler, the former title challenger and Bellator champion.