Justin Gaethje is one of the fighters who can’t come to terms with the fact that Charles Oliveira is the UFC lightweight champion. So "Highlight" said in a recent interview with ESPN that the entire UFC lightweight category became the subject of ridicule after Oliveira and Chandler were given the opportunity to fight for the belt.
'' I was furious then. I considered this the most coveted title in the UFC while Khabib was there, and the category turned into an object of ridicule overnight." "Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler fought each other to decide who was the best, and neither of them was the best.
That's Dustin Poirier and me. That fight was supposed to happen, '' Gaethje said at the time. Brazilian Charles "Do Bronx" Oliveira believes that he deservedly became the champion, and in an interview with Sherdog, he responded to Gaethje's accusations.
'' What I have to tell Gaethje is to do his job, win his fights and he will get his chance as I did. I'll be here with my belt. When you record nine wins in a row, you can complain to Dana White." "I’ve done 28 UFC fights in the last 11 years.
I got a chance after eight consecutive wins, I have a record with bonuses won (the second is behind Donald Cerrone, op.a.), I broke the records of Royce Gracie and Demian Maia when it comes to submissions in the UFC."
"If I didn’t have the right to fight for the belt, then who did? If I'm the champion today, it's because I fought hard for it, '' he told the Do Bronx to Gaethje.
It’s hard to say that Oliveira didn’t deserve to fight for the belt.
He is really in a great series of victories with a handful of spectacular performances and finishes with various submissions. The 31-year-old Brazilian honestly got a chance to win the belt and wrote one beautiful motivational story that inspires other fighters like Darren Till today.
Maybe Michael Chandler didn't deserve to be the second actor in the fight for the UFC lightweight belt, but Gaethje should finally accept "To the Bronx" as the lightweight champion. At least until December and the UFC 269 show when Oliveira should be fighting Dustin Poirier in the first title defense, and that will be a real test for the Brazilian to prove he is a truly great fighter.
Poirier will surely be the toughest opponent for him, and there he will show whether he deserved the title, or whether the other opponents are much weaker.