UFC Lightweight contender Charles Oliviera will be competing in one of the biggest fights of his career, when he takes on former interim champion Tony Ferguson in the Co-Main event of UFC 256, which takes place at the UFC APEX on Saturday night, live on Pay-per-view.
While anticipating a difficult test from Ferguson, Olivera believes that it’s only a matter of time, before the UFC Lightweight strap gets rapped around his waist and that could just be 2021.
“For sure,” Oliveira said through an interpreter at a virtual media day promoting UFC 256. “That’s all planned out. It’s written.”
Oliviera sees UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov remaining retired following his lightweight championship victory over Justin Gaethje in October, despite UFC President Dana White being adamant the Russian will make a return for a fight in search of a victory that will end up making an incredible record of 30-0.
The Brazilian believes the Oat made by the champion on his Father’s grave will be enough to keep the Champ in Retirement and with a victory over Oliviera, he will then be included with the title mix.
“I have no doubts in my mind,” Oliveira said. “The champ in the division swore on his father’s grave that he’s not going to fight again, so why would he fight again?”.
To the Brazilian, his fight with Tony Ferguson will be the first of two fights, with the other fight taking place at UFC 257 between Former two division champion Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. According to the Brazilian, the winners of both fights will both meet in a championship bout with the UFC Lightweight title at stake.
Oliviera made mention of three fighters other than himself, who are presently rated top five in the Lightweight division and despite never being stated by the UFC, Oliviera’s suggestions seems a perfect idea, if Khabib Nurmagomedov stays retired.
“The top five guys have been this little group fighting each other,” Oliveira said. “I knew the opportunity was going to come. At some point, those guys weren’t going to have an opportunity. Thankfully I’m in that position now.”