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    Charles Oliveira Teases Possible Superfights With Volkanovski, Usman


    UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira is already thinking about the pursuit of โ€˜champ-champโ€™ status after his first title defense.

    Oliveira wrapped up his stellar 2021 by defeating Dustin Poirier at UFC 269, further cementing himself as the lightweight king. He earned the then-vacant title over Michael Chandler at UFC 262 after Khabib Nurmagomedov retired.

    Oliveira has found a home at 155 pounds after an up-and-down tenure at featherweight. But, he has previously stated that he would entertain the idea of moving back down to 145 if a title shot was available.

    During a recent interview on MMA Fightingโ€™s Trocacao Franca podcast, Oliveira further explained his ambitions, after his coach stated that chasing more than one title was possible.

    โ€œI really thought I couldnโ€™t drop to 145 anymore,โ€ Oliveira said, โ€œBut this last weight cut, I was really [close to] 155 before the fight with this work weโ€™ve been doing, with lots of water in the body, and we believe we could easily make 145.

    โ€œIf I had the opportunity to go straight for the 145 belt, Iโ€™d move down to fight. Also, if I had the opportunity to go straight for the 170 belt, Iโ€™d also move up to fight, but I believe itโ€™s more viable to [drop down] to 145 instead of going to 170 at this moment.โ€

    Kamaru Usman is widely expected to face Leon Edwards next but has taken out most top contenders. Volkanovski recently had his Max Holloway trilogy canceled and is awaiting a new opponent for UFC 272.

    Oliveira is widely expected to face Justin Gaethje for his next lightweight title defense, but a money fight against Conor McGregor might be possible as well. Oliveira is looking ahead to a potentially active 2022.

    Do you think Charles Oliveira could become a UFC double champ?

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