The former UFC champion Charles Oliveira is known for his strong grappling abilities; he has secured 21 submission wins in his career and recently declared that he wants to fight the MMA legend Georges St-Pierre for a grappling match.
On the flip side, Georges St-Pierre has secured 20 submission wins, placing him one level below Oliveira.George St-Pierre last fought in 2017 against Michael Bisping and claimed a win; that was his last match in the UFC. Islam Makhachev will be defending his belt against Charles Oliveira on 22nd October, a must win for Oliveira and also an opportunity to reclaim everything he lost.
Perhaps if Charles Oliveira wins in dominating fashion, it would be easier for him to convince St-Pierre’s for a grappling match.
Charles Oliveira on fighting George St-Pierre’s
Recently on MMA fighting’s Trocação Franca podcast, Charles Oliveira spoke about fighting George St-Pierre.
“That would be very important for me, you know?” Oliveira said, as quoted by mmafighting.com. “To be doing a jiu-jitsu match, a grappling match, would definitely be important for me, because I love the art.
“I would really like the opportunity to grapple against St-Pierre, it would be a gigantic honor. I admire and respect him a lot. We’ve met and took a picture together, he said he was also watching me fight, so that would be great”.
Oliveira further said: “Either him or any other person, it would be great for me because it’s good to be in rhythm, I like to stay active. And like I said, it would be wonderful if it’s against St-Pierre”.
It is worth knowing that a grappling match between Khabib Nurmagomedov and George St-Pierre was potentially in the making, but it didn’t translate into reality. Charles Oliveira is ready to have a grappling match with anyone else if St-Pierre refuses to participate.