Charles Oliveira was last seen on the main card of UFC Fight Night Fortaleza, defeating David Teymur by second round submission.
A victorious Oliveira has a future opponent in mind and that potential foe is Kevin Lee.
“I want to fight in the top-5 of my division.” Oliveira told Combate. “I think Kevin Lee is the only top-5 guy without a fight already booked. If he wants to fight, it can be anywhere. If it’s in April, even better. I’m as ready standing up as I am on the ground, it’s going to be a war. He likes to take it to the ground, so it’s going to be a war. If the UFC books this fight, I’m ready.”
Oliveira is one of the most dangerous submission artists in all of MMA, but he wants people to know the striking game is on point as well.
“I’ll spend my entire life saying I trained for that and nobody will believe me,” Oliveira said. “I train all the time. I tried two spinning backfists to one side, but my coaches told me ‘he’s on to that, go the other way’. So I threw a little faint and threw the elbow, we did that in the locker room. Diego (Oliveira’s coach), yelled ‘Anderson Silva’s elbow!’. My striking has come a long way thanks to him. I’m super happy.”
There has been no response yet from Lee, who recently called out Gregor Gillespie for a future encounter.