Dana White recently revealed that Charles Oliveira could make a return to the UFC in October or November.
Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole told the UFC president that Oliveira said he already knew who his next opponent would be. The former champion also said he won’t be fighting in Brazil next. Although White is not yet ready to let fans know who ‘Do Bronx’ will be fighting next, he has given a deadline for the 32-year-old to likely return to the octagon.
“He will probably fight in October. I already have fights until October 8. Probably October or November.”
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Charles Oliveira last fought at UFC 274 and picked up a first-round victory over Justin Gaethje. It was a phenomenal performance from ‘Do Bronx’ as he again overcame adversity after being hurt multiple times by ‘The Highlight’ in the first round of the fight.
However, he lost half a pound in weight in his championship fight and was stripped of the belt because of it. Oliveira earned No. 1 contender status with his victory at the Footprint Center in Arizona last month and will fight for the vacant title again in his next bout.
Who’s next for Charles Oliveira at the UFC?
Charles Oliveira has already passed some of the best lightweight fighters in the UFC. He defeated Michael Chandler for the vacant lightweight title at UFC 262, followed by a win over Dustin Poirier in his first defense. “Do Bronx” did hands-on work out of Justin Gaethje in his last fight.
He is expected to face Islam Makhachev in his next title fight. Makhachev is currently on a 10-fight winning streak in the 155-pound division and has arguably earned his shot at the belt. He is coming off a first-round submission win over Bobby Green in his last fight.
Meanwhile, Oliveira is on an eleven-game winning streak. The Brazilian is one short away from the record for the longest winning streak in the lightweight division right now. Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov top the charts as they both managed to put together a winning streak of twelve fights in the 155-pound weight class.