After Oliveira successfully defended his title against Dustin Poirier last month at UFC 269, McGregor took to Twitter to challenge “Do Bronx,” tweeting: “So what date am I fighting Oliveira?”
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Chael Sonnen Says McGregor vs. Oliveira Is a ‘Fascinating Matchup,’ Says McGregor Is ‘Problematic’ for the Champ
“If there’s anybody that Conor is likely to beat to become the world champion, it is the sitting champion right now,” Sonnen said via MMA Junkie. “Charles Oliveira, Conor McGregor is a fascinating matchup. It is very problematic for Oliveira. Conor McGregor is as good of a striker as this sport has ever seen. Oliveira is a very dynamic striker who showed some real wrestling prowess in a couple of contests but in other contests didn’t.
“Conor can handle himself on the ground. Conor can take care of himself on the feet. The in-between has been a problem with very high-level guys. So now you start to have a question of, is Oliveira a really high level guy? Is he that high enough of a level guy? I don’t have the answers to these questions. I’m just sharing for you, however this goes, the fans are going to get something very special.”
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McGregor Isn’t Ranked in the Lightweight’s Top 5, 0-2 in Last 2 Bouts
Although there is talk about Notorious receiving an instant title fight, it’s not because he’s done the work inside the cage to earn one. The Irishman remains the biggest star in the sport and is responsible for many of the UFC’s top PPVs.
From a competitive standpoint, however, he’s 0-2 in his last two fights and 1-3 in his last four UFC bouts. He’s currently ranked No. 9 in the lightweight division.