Reigning lightweight champion Charles Oliveira (32-8) successfully defended his title at UFC 269 against Dustin Poirier. Shortly after, the former ‘champ-champ’ Conor McGregor took to Twitter to ask, “So what date am I fighting Oliveira.”
McGregor (22-6) has lost four of his last five, including a boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. In his last two appearances for the UFC, McGregor was finished by Dustin Poirier in their UFC 257 bout and then dropped an immediate rematch after sustaining a broken ankle in the first round of their UFC 264 contest.
With only one UFC victory since 2017, McGregor would seem far from a title opportunity at this point in his career. However, when lightweight king Charles Oliveira and UFC President Dana White were asked about the possibility, neither was dismissive of a potential showdown between ‘do Bronx’ and ‘Notorious.’
“I’ll burn it all down”
Upon hearing that the UFC President and Oliveira were open to a money fight with McGregor challenging for the title, Justin Gaethje had some very strong words.
“I’ll burn it all down. What do you mean?” Gaethje told TMZ. “F*cking burn it down, that’s what I’d do. (McGregor) is so irrelevant. He has not won a fight since 2016 in the lightweight division. I’m ranked No. 1. I saw they updated the rankings. I’m No. 1 now. That feels pretty good. My whole life I’ve been working towards this. That is what’s next. If not, I’ll f*cking burn it down. I’ll show up and start throwing dollies everywhere. I don’t know what the answer is.”
Dana White has already stated that Gaethje was next in line for a title shot and with McGregor not expected to return until summer 2022, Oliveira vs. Gaethje is still the likeliest scenario.
Should Gaethje be successful in capturing UFC gold, he has already confirmed that he will not seek a money fight with McGregor.
“I would absolutely not allow him to fight for the title,” Gaethje said. “He did not win and go through the process. He’s not gonna sh*t on everything that we – there’s too many. Beneil Dariush, Islam Makhachev, those are the guys that we fight. Not Conor McGregor. That’s not how this works. He’s becoming more and more irrelevant as time goes on. Pretty soon you won’t even be asking me these questions. It’s gonna be a beautiful f*cking day.”
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