UFC light-weight contender Charles Oliveira turned down a short-notice combat in opposition to Michael Chandler, confirmed UFC president Dana White.
Oliveira is among the hottest fights on the planet proper now, having gained eight straight fights together with a dominant efficiency in opposition to Tony Ferguson at UFC 255. Oliveira dominated the previous interim champ, prompting White to call him one of the top-three lightweight fighters in the world. Oliveira himself believes that he must be subsequent in line for a title shot and mentioned he hopes to be in attendance at UFC 257 subsequent week, ready to challenge the winner of Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier.
Oliveira hopes to be there as a fan, however in line with White, he had the possibility to make a fast turnaround and combat on the cardboard. The UFC president confirmed that the matchmakers supplied Oliviera a combat in opposition to Chandler on quick discover. Though Dan Hooker finally acquired the combat as he was rumored, and he’ll take on Chandler at UFC 257 next weekend, there was a time the place Hooker getting the combat was in jeopardy. Nonetheless, Oliveira needed to say no due to a probably robust weight minimize.
“We supplied him this combat (with Chandler), however he couldn’t make weight, so you possibly can’t blame the man for that,” White mentioned (by way of TheMacLife.)
Oliveira has struggled with weight reducing previously, so to chop weight a month after the Ferguson combat would have been very troublesome and it’s comprehensible he mentioned no to this short-notice alternative. White additionally confirmed that Oliveira will nonetheless be in consideration to combat the winner of the UFC 257 principal occasion between McGregor and Poirier for a belt relying on what occurs with champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Have a look at Oliveira. I imply, take a look at what this man has carried out,” White mentioned. “Coming off that efficiency that he simply placed on over Tony, it’s exhausting to miss him.”
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