Charles Oliveira says he is ready to defend his UFC lightweight title against Conor McGregor so he can cash in on a lucrative showdown with the former champion.
Oliveira successfully defended his title for the first time after submitting Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 on Saturday.
Justin Gaethje is next in line for a title shot, sat atop of the lightweight rankings behind the champion. But McGregor, who has not fought since breaking his leg in his trilogy defeat to Poirier in July, is hoping to push his way to the top of the queue.
The Dubliner is still recovering from that horrific injury but when asked if he would be willing to wait a little longer to face McGregor than defend the belt against Gaethje first, the Brazilian says he would not hesitate to wait it out.
‘If I had the chance [in the past] to fight for the belt or fight Conor, everybody knows I’d fight for the belt,’ Oliveira told Trocação Franca.
‘That already happened, I’m the champion now. The champion has a name and his name is Charles Oliveira, Charles ‘do Bronx.’
‘If I had the chance to fight Conor for money today, I would. The belt is mine and continues being mine. We’ll continue building our legacy and making history.’
McGregor has just one win in his last four fights, against Donald Cerrone in 2019, but remains the promotion’s biggest draw having headlined the UFC’s top five biggest selling PPVs of all time.
And Oliveira insists he would be a fool to turn away from a fight that brings so much money to the table.
‘Of course, no one’s a fool. ‘No, I’ll fight someone else because of the belt, leave Conor alone’ — who’s going to do that? Only a fool.
‘If I had the opportunity to fight Conor, I would definitely fight Conor. The belt is mine regardless.
‘The division has to get by and wait a little bit. There’s nothing else to do. We have to think about our families, our children, think about what we can do down the line.’