Charles Oliveira had a great 2021. After a series of ups and downs that accompanied him during his career, "Do Bronx" reached his peak in the fifth month of 2021. The Brazilian knocked out Michael Chandler in the second round, and at the end of the year, in December, he successfully defended that belt.
Oliveira choked Dustin Poirier in the third round and thus established himself as the legitimate lightweight champion. Justin Gaethje is emerging as the most likely next challenger, and the winner of the match between Beneil Dariush and Islam Makhachev should get a chance after Justin.
Conor McGregor is also trying to squeeze into such combinations, and if we look at the rest of the lightweight category, the reality is that the challenger won’t be missed for long. Yet, despite a long list of potential challengers and only one title defense, Charles Oliveira has already begun to look towards other categories as well.
The Brazilian wants to be one of the fighters who won belts in several categories, and he is open to fights against the champion of the featherweight, but also against the champion of the welterweight category.
Charles Oliveira and lightweight
"Do Bronx" used to perform in the lightweight category, but he fell on the scales on four occasions, so returning to the lightweight category was a logical move.
Still, Oliveira believes he can be relegated to a lower category. '' I really believed I couldn't lose weight at 145 'pounds' anymore. But after the last weight loss, I was very close to 155 ‘pounds’ before the fight, and I had a lot of water in me."
"We believe that I would easily lose weight for the lightweight category (145 pounds). If I had a chance to fight for the belt right away, I would lose weight for that match." "If I had the opportunity to attack the welterweight belt, I would agree to that.
However, I think it's a more likely option to go down in the lightweight than to go in the welterweight, at least for now, '' Oliveira said during a guest appearance on the Trocacao Franca podcast. The current UFC lightweight champion is currently Alexander Volkanovski.
He was scheduled to fight Max Holloway on March 5, but Max canceled his performance due to injury. Maybe Charles Oliveira recognized the possibility of him jumping in as a replacement and attacking the second belt, but the list of those interested is really long, and the “Korean Zombie” is currently the favorite to jump in instead of Holloway.