Charles Oliveira ready to fight at welterweight: “Why not?”

Charles Oliveira shares his thoughts on fighting at welterweight.

by Aryan Lakhani
Charles Oliveira ready to fight at welterweight: “Why not?”
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The former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira faced two unexpected defeats that pushed and took the opportunity to reclaim his belt away from him. Charles Oliveira isn’t interested in taking a long break, he looks forward to an early return, and since most of the lightweight fights are booked, he is ready to make a jump to the welterweight division.

Charles Oliveira on his next fight

In a recent interview with MMA fighting, Charles Oliveira shared his thoughts on fighting Justin Gaethje next and explained why he’s ready to fight at welterweight.

“There’s so much going on [at lightweight now],” Oliveira said, as quoted by “Conor [McGregor] and Michael Chandler, Dustin Poirier and Islam Makhachev, fights that are about to happen soon, so I don’t want to rush things.

I just fought, it was recent. I have no injuries but everybody knows that a camp is a camp. I want to take it slow, no craziness, to do things the right way. Why not? Why not take a fight that will lead us to money and history and legacy? We have to think about it and talk to the organization.

Why not move up in weight and do a big fight? A fight that makes sense and gives us money? Why not?”.

Charles Oliveira