Charles Oliveira Thinks "It’s Only Fair" He Is "The Next Challenger” For Lightweight Title

There is currently no UFC lightweight champion after the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov, but Charles Oliveira believes he should be one of the two fighters who get a chance to claim the vacated strap.

Oliveira says his winning streak and ranking in the lightweight division should be enough to earn him a title shot.

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“For everyone that loves fights or makes a living out of this, MMA reporters, that’s easy math,” Oliveira said to MMA Fighting. “I have the longest winning streak today, I don’t leave it in the hands of the judges, I finish them all. Everyone ranked ahead of me is coming off a loss (in the division). The only exception is Dustin Poirier. I think it’s only fair that I’m the next challenger, that I have a chance to fight for the belt. I know I’m No. 6 today and I know there are a lot of fighters ahead of me. Like I said, Dustin Poirier is coming off a win. Conor McGregor said he retired and now he’s booking a fight with Dustin Poirier. We don’t know who should be the other guy, but I think I deserve this. It’s seven in a row, not one, and I don’t go the distance. I just need an opportunity. But it’s not up to me or my team, it’s up to the UFC to look and analyze — but if they do it right, they’ll see it’s 10 years in the UFC, a 10-year road, and I’ve never turned down any opponent. This is my moment.”

The fighter is ranked no. 6 in the UFC lightweight division and the only fighter ranked ahead of him who has not gotten a title shot is no. 5 Dan Hooker. If a title opportunity doesn’t come Oliveira’s way, then he’d like to fight an opponent ranked ahead of him.

“Justin Gaethje, Dan Hooker, Tony Ferguson, I want to fight someone ranked ahead of me,” Oliveira said. “Charles Oliveira is ranked No. 6 now. Between No. 1 and 5, (bring) any of them. Dan Hooker said he’d fight in late-November and we’re almost in November now. I’ll fight him, no problem at all. I don’t want to fight someone ranked below me. I’ve been saying this since the beginning of the year. I’m not asking for too much.”

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