UFC 256 was a night to remember for Charles Oliveira as the stalwart picked up his eighth straight win while dominating former UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson for fifteen straight minutes. However, it looks like “Do Bronx” has to endure a bit more work before he is eligible for the big break.
UFC President Dana White made the observation while confirming Oliveira’s bout against another former interim champion, Justin Gaethje. “If things work out as we’ve planned, it will probably be Gathje”, White revealed during a recent interview. White further confirmed Oliveira was offered a match against Michael Chandler at UFC 257, but the former refused by citing a short turnaround.
Gaethje is headed into the next match straight off a defeat against current UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Thus, marking a rude end to his winning streak. White believes there are still a few creases that need to be ironed out before determining a winner in the 155-pound category. Especially since Khabib has retired from the sport.
Future Uncertain for the 155-Pound Category
Dana White is currently planning on meeting “The Eagle” during Fight Island to try and convince him to return to the Octagon. However, there’s no indication of how that might turn out.
With these plans in motion, the winner of the upcoming 155-pound match between McGregor and Poirier will get a shot at the next division strap and the hype can be felt at any online casino in the Netherlands. The bout is slated for January 23, 2021, and if Khabib decides to stay retired by the time, it means the winner between Oliveira and Gaethje will get a shot at the title.
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