Morning Report: Charles Oliveira wants ‘profitable’ Conor McGregor fight next, ‘it would also be really good for my legacy’


Charles Oliveira knows exactly who he wants for his next time out – Conor McGregor.

The most recent UFC lightweight champion remains the top dog at 155-pounds despite not holding the title at present. Ahead of his last bout against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 in May, Oliveira made history as the first champion in promotional history to miss weight, resulting in his stripping of the title.

Regardless of scale troubles, “Do Bronx” looked arguably better than ever, slugging it out with Gaethje as soon as the fight began. Ultimately, “The Highlight” suffered the same fate as most before him, succumbing to a first-round rear-naked choke submission.

Oliveira has been referred to as the “king without his crown”. He is likely to challenge for the title of vacant champion when he returns into the Octagon. It’s only a matter who he faces. There’s one correct choice if the UFC champion has his way.

“[Conor McGregor] would be a very good fight for me,” Oliveira told ESPN. “It would put a lot of money in my pocket, and [at this moment] that’s the most important thing. And it would also be really good for my legacy, for me to have in my story. Regardless, if he’s coming from defeat or not, he’s a guy who’s made history, so I think it would be great, but it’s not just up to me. This fight could have been happening if it weren’t for me.

” I have a girl to raise. Conor is a man everyone wants to defeat, and it’s not only me. Fighting Conor can be very lucrative, everyone knows this. Money is what I am referring to. And Conor knows that, that everyone wants to fight him.”

For “The Notorious” McGregor, he’s struggled in his most recent appearances against rival, Dustin Poirier. Scoring a first-round knockout in Sept. 2014, McGregor found himself unable to replicate those same results seven years later in their rematch. Poirier bested the Irishman with a second-round knockout against the cage before earning a TKO in the trilogy after McGregor sustained a broken leg. Still on the road to recovery, it’s unsure exactly when McGregor will return but all signs point to him potentially being ready before 2023.

Most people agree with the choice of the No. 4 ranked contender in the official UFC rankings, Islam Makhachev, should be next to compete for the title. Like Oliveira, Makhachev is also on a 10-plus winning streak.

Fortunately for Oliveira’s desires and the UFC President Dana White, it seems that he is more concerned with rebooking Makhachev against Beneil Dariush rather than giving the fearsome Russian his chance at gold.

“I’ve never ran from a fight and the lightweight champion is called Charles Oliveira,” Oliveira said. Is Islam really a tough man? Yep. Did he fight big names? No. He’s on a big streak, but who did he fight?”


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On track.



What is…?

Hollywood Weili.


New UFC signee …?


Their hair however.


Ian Garry (9-0) vs. Gabe Green (11-3); UFC 276, July 2

Patricky Freire (24-10) vs. Sidney Outlaw (16-4); Bellator 278, July 22

Douglas Lima (32-10) vs. Jason Jackson (15-4); Bellator 278, July 22

Usman Nurmagomedov (14-0) vs. Chris Gonzalez (7-1); Bellator 278, July 22

Adam Piccolotti (13-4) vs. Tofiq Musayev (18-4); Bellator 278, July 22

Jai Herbert (11-4) vs. Kyle Nelson (13-4); UFC London, July 23

Josh Quinlan (5-0) vs. Jason Witt (19-8); UFC Fight Night, Aug. 6

Tyson Pedro (8-3) vs. Harry Hunsucker (7-5); UFC 278, Aug. 20

Andre Fili (21-9) vs. Lando Vannata (12-6-2); UFC Fight Night, Sept. 17


Charles deserves a big payday… but he should be able to get that by fighting a legit contender. Thanks for reading!


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