Justin Gaethje vs Charles Oliveira To Decide Next Title Contender?
During a virtual fan Q&A on ESPN+, Dana White hinted at what is next for #1 ranked UFC Lightweight Justin Gaethje and #3 ranked Charles Oliveira. White stated that when it comes to Justin Gaethje “If everything goes right, it will probably be Oliveira” next for the #1 contender. This is a huge matchup for the Lightweight division and will answer who is next up for a title shot at 155lbs.
Oliveira Is Another Tough Test For Justin Gaethje
When it comes to who really deserves the next title shot at 155lbs you have to put Charles Oliveira in the conversation. Not only is Oliveira riding a 8 fight win streak, but he has finishes in 7 of his last 8 wins. His latest win over Tony Ferguson is proof that he can hang with the best of the best in the division. A win over Ferguson is no easy task, but Oliveira made it look like a walk in the park.
A win over Oliveira would definitely earn Gaethje a title shot in my opinion. I think the best option would be setting up the winner of Oliveira vs Gaethje against the winner of McGregor vs Poirier 2. Sure, there’s Chandler vs Hooker that will also be happening on UFC 257, but if the UFC wants to build integrity in the UFC rankings then they should follow the numbers and match fighters up accordingly.