On Saturday at UFC 262, Charles Oliveira defeated Michael Chandler by second-round TKO to capture the vacant UFC lightweight title. Shortly after the fight, Irish superstar Conor McGregor took to Twitter to congratulate Oliveira and, of course, insert himself into the conversation.
McGregor’s tweet on its face seems to be polite and congratulatory. It’s worth noting, though, that the “Twelve” is likely a reference to McGregor’s Proper No. 12 Irish Whiskey, as McGregor is implying that he will be the next UFC lightweight champion.
Oliveira didn’t take kindly to the subtle jab and was quick to welcome a fight with McGregor.
When asked if he’d like to defend his belt in Brazil, Oliveira went straight to discussing a potential match-up with McGregor.
“That would be fantastic,” Oliveira told reporters via a translator about fighting in Brazil. “Conor, since you’re so tough, first of all, you beat Dustin [Poirier], and then come over to Brazil and I’ll put you on your ass.”
McGregor is scheduled to face Dustin Poirier in a rubber match on July 10, 2021. Although nothing is set in stone, the winner of that bout will likely be the first to challenge for Oliveira’s title. Poirier beat McGregor by TKO at UFC 257 in January.
“Everybody’s talking about who it’s going to be next, Poirier or Conor. I’ll leave that to my manager, and I’m going to go home and rest,” Oliveira said.
With his title-winning performance at UFC 262, Charles Oliveira extended his win streak to nine fights; he has finished all but one during that stretch.