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Charles Oliveira next fight: 3 opponent options for ‘Do Bronx,’ including Conor McGregor

Jason Burgos
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The Charles Oliveira next fight news should be coming soon, but until the Brazilian MMA greats’ next matchup is announced, we offer up three opponent options for the former lightweight champion. As well as look back at his surprise defeat to Russian superstar Islam Makhachev.

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Who will Charles Oliveira next fight be against?

“Do Bronx” walked into UFC 280 with speculation that another win could solidify his place as the lightweight GOAT. Instead, he left with his first loss in nearly five years and an unclear path forward. Makhachev seems lined up for a matchup with featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski next. That’s why bookings against Conor McGregor, Beniel Dariush, and Rafael Fiziev are strong options for his return to the Octagon.

  • Notorious: After his most recent victory, Oliveira and McGregor flirted on social media about a possible matchup. The Irishman’s stock has plummeted after recent losses and being sidelined with an injury, but a clash with Oliveira would be a money fight that could also line up the victor for a matchup with Makhachev or Volkanovski.
  • Benny: Dariush’s impressive win at UFC 280 was lost in the shuffle, but an Oliveira vs Dariush title eliminator booking makes a lot of sense for both men next.
  • Ataman: Fiziev is one of the fastest-rising fighters in the division. While there is a lot of risk in the matchup for Oliveira, it is a favorable pairing for him and could be a way to stay active in the division heading into 2023.

Charles Oliveria vs Islam Makhachev recap

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Islam Makhachev entered UFC 280 as a solid favorite and proved odds makers right as he made fairly easy work of the former champion. There is no longer any doubt, Makhachev is very much for real and looks to be a legitimate heir apparent to Khabib Nurmagomedov, as prophesized.

What happened: Many wondered if “Do Bronx” could offer up some dangers off his back for the eventual ground battle he would have with the Russian. Unfortunately, Makhachev was able to ground and control the man with the most submissions in UFC history. Even more shocking, he ended up being the better striker often during their bout as well.

The fallout: A big overhand set up the eventual end of the scrap as the 31-year-old hurt knocked Oliveira down and tracked him to the ground. There, he locked in an arm triangle choke that made the UFC submission king tap out in the second round. Handing Oliveira his first defeat in almost five years.

The roadmap: Makhachev will likely move on to a clash with 145-pound champ Volkanovski, while Oliveira will have to figure out what is next for him after coming up short in his latest title fight.

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Charles Oliveria’s UFC journey has not been a meteoric rise to the top from day one like middleweight great Israel Adesanya. The Brazilian at one point went from a top prospect to a gatekeeper. He was a lightweight that underperformed, tried and failed at featherweight, then returned a new man to 155-pounds and became a dominant force. Oliveira’s story is one of reinvention and perseverance from specialist to well-rounded superstar.

  • Charles Oliveira Record: 33-9 (9 knockouts, 21 submissions)
  • Charles Oliveria last fight: Second-round submission loss to Islam Makhachev
  • Charles Oliveira height: 5-foot-10
  • “Do Bronx” has the record for most UFC submissions wins at 16
  • His UFC record is 21-9-1
  • Oliveira has wins over elite Octagon stars like Dustin Poirier, Gaethje, Michael Chandler, Tony Ferguson, Jim Miller, Donald Cerrone, and Clay Guida
  • Oliveira was stripped of his lightweight title in May 2022 after missing weight before his second title defense at UFC 274
  • Oliveira is one victory away from tying former champion Ferguson for the longest win streak in UFC lightweight history (12)

Charles Oliveira’s net worth

Money is often the greatest determiner of success in the fight game. After 14 years in the MMA, Charles Oliveira’s net worth is reported as $2.5 million.