UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira picked up the vacant strap with a knockout victory over Michael Chandler at UFC 262 and with that has been able to knock out his last three opponents despite being known as a Jiu-Jitsu specialist and holds the largest number of submissions in the promotion.
Oliveira (31-8 MMA, 19-8 UFC) see’s himself unstoppable and believes that non the two top contenders strikers Dustin Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) and Conor McGregor (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC) will be able to stand him after they both collide in their trilogy fight and a No. 1 contender emerges in the headlining bout of UFC 264 on July 10.
“I never choose opponents,” Oliveira said. “I am always ready to fight. They are two big names in the sport, the lightweights. Everyone knows that a fight with Conor has a lot of money and one with Dustin not so much, but they are two great opponents. I don’t choose my fights. I will be ready. I really believe in my jiu-jitsu against either of them, but something tells me that if I fought them, I would knock them both out. I’m feeling fine.” (H/T UOL Esporte, translation via BJPenn.com).
Oliveira has been defeated in the past and has even been knocked out by top contenders such as Paul Felder, Ricardo Lamas and Anthony Pettis. However, he was in control of those fights before eventually getting knocked out. Oliveira has since joined Chute Boxe Academy, trained under Diego Lima and that has seen his striking improve and makes him a more dangerous opponent even while on his feet.
Oliveira boosted, in his statement above on the possibility of knocking out both Dustin Poirier and Conor Mcgregor, if he is ever to meet them in the ring. Overall, Oliveira believes, he is a more complete fighter than any of those fighters and will dominate them in any style they will want to bring to the octagon on fight night.
“A few years ago, Charles was the jiu-jitsu guy who walked forward, took a beating and was a little afraid,” Oliveira said. “Today, I’m not afraid to fight these guys. The funny thing is that when I start fighting, they try to put me down – to do what I know best. This shows how much I’m evolving on my feet. It will definitely be a great fight. Charles, today, is not a jiu-jitsu fighter. He’s a complete fighter, both standing and on the ground. But I think everyone will be knocked out.”