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Conor McGregor Could Skip Queue And Get A Title Shot Against Charles Oliveira Next

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Conor McGregor Could Skip Queue And Get A Title Shot Against Charles Oliveira Next

It's not the sort of news Justin Gaethje wants to hear.

Current UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira is willing to let Conor McGregor skip the queue and get a title shot straight away.

Conor McGregor. Credit: Alamy
Conor McGregor. Credit: Alamy

The Irishman is currently recovering from the leg break he sustained at UFC 264 against Dustin Poirier and has only one win in almost five years.

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On top of that, there's also the precedent with lightweight contender Gaethje, who has been crying out for a title shot ever since his impressive victory over Michael Chandler.

That said, there's no denying that a McGregor title fight would pull in huge numbers - and Oliveira knows it.

"May would be a wonderful date," he told Sherdog.

Charles Oliveira. Credit: Alamy
Charles Oliveira. Credit: Alamy
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"Conor challenged me asking a date, and tweeted Ireland vs Brazil 2.

"Not only him, but also myself and all the world wants to see that fight. So let's make it happen.

"I'm waiting for him in May. It may be in welterweight, lightweight or middleweight, with my title on the line or not. Just choose and I'll be ready."

The Brazilian is no dummy.

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He's well aware that a fight against a former dual division champion plays right into his hands.

Firstly, it would be McGregor's first bout since his horrific injury, so he could come out a bit tentative.

Secondly, it's bloody Conor McGregor at the end of the day, so a big pay day is surely on the cards too.

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But if the UFC does ever make this fight happen, it leaves Gaethje in a bit of a pickle with MMA fan favourite making no secret of the fact that he believes he's next in line for a shot at the belt.

He told TMZ: "I'll burn it all down. What do you mean? F**king burn it down, that's what I'd do. (Conor McGregor) is so irrelevant. He has not won a fight since 2016 in the lightweight division.

"I'm ranked No.1. I saw they updated the rankings. I'm No.1 now. That feels pretty good. My whole life I've been working towards this. That is what's next. If not, I'll f**king burn it down. I'll show up and start throwing dollies everywhere. I don't know what the answer is."

But for whatever reason, Oliveira doesn't seem too interested in taking on 'The Highlight'.

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"Gaethje was knocked out by Poirier, who I just submitted," Oliveira said.

"He was almost knocked out by Chandler, who I beat via TKO, but I'm a UFC employee.

"If they choose that I should fight Gaethje next, I'll be ready too."

Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, UFC, Australia, MMA

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