Charles Oliveira opens as underdog in potential Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor matchups

Charles Oliveira | Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesCharles Oliveira might be the new UFC lightweight champion, but the oddsmakers think it could be a short reign if he runs into Dustin Poirier or Conor McGregor next. Poirier and McGregor are set to headline UFC 264 on July 10, a matchup that will resolve their trilogy (currently tied at one win apiece) and also potentially set up the first challenger for Oliveira. On Saturday at UFC 262, “do Bronx” claimed a vacant lightweight title with a thrilling second-round TKO of Michael Chandler. According to opening odds from BetOnline.ag, should Oliveira end up facing the Poirier-McGregor 3 winner, he is an underdog against either man. Currently, Oliveira is +155 for a matchup with Poirier and +145 for McGregor; Poirier is a near 2-to-1 favorite at -180, while McGregor is a -165 favorite. Oliveira has won nine straight fights, with eight of those victories ending by knockout or submission, but he lacks the mainstream cachet of Poirier or McGregor. Poirier is a former interim UFC champion who is coming off of a second-round TKO of McGregor, while McGregor is a former two-division champion who is not only the biggest draw in all of MMA but was recently listed as the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes. See the opening odds for Oliveira’s potential matchups with Poirier and McGregor below. Charles Oliveira +155Dustin Poirier -180 Charles Oliveira +145Conor McGregor -165

Charles Oliveira opens as underdog in potential Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor matchups
Charles Oliveira | Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Charles Oliveira might be the new UFC lightweight champion, but the oddsmakers think it could be a short reign if he runs into Dustin Poirier or Conor McGregor next.

Poirier and McGregor are set to headline UFC 264 on July 10, a matchup that will resolve their trilogy (currently tied at one win apiece) and also potentially set up the first challenger for Oliveira. On Saturday at UFC 262, “do Bronx” claimed a vacant lightweight title with a thrilling second-round TKO of Michael Chandler.

According to opening odds from BetOnline.ag, should Oliveira end up facing the Poirier-McGregor 3 winner, he is an underdog against either man. Currently, Oliveira is +155 for a matchup with Poirier and +145 for McGregor; Poirier is a near 2-to-1 favorite at -180, while McGregor is a -165 favorite.

Oliveira has won nine straight fights, with eight of those victories ending by knockout or submission, but he lacks the mainstream cachet of Poirier or McGregor. Poirier is a former interim UFC champion who is coming off of a second-round TKO of McGregor, while McGregor is a former two-division champion who is not only the biggest draw in all of MMA but was recently listed as the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes.

See the opening odds for Oliveira’s potential matchups with Poirier and McGregor below.

Charles Oliveira +155
Dustin Poirier -180

Charles Oliveira +145
Conor McGregor -165

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Charles Oliveira responds to Conor McGregor: Beat Dustin Poirier, then ‘I’ll put you on your ass’

Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty ImagesAmong the many fighters who responded to Charles Oliveira’s impressive title win at UFC 262 was former two-division champ Conor McGregor. McGregor’s message to the new Brazilian champion wasn’t anything overtly hostile and appeared to be a nod to his signature whiskey. But it still drew a response from Oliveira at the post-fight press conference. Congrats to Olivera on becoming the 11th UFC lightweight champion. Wonder who Twelve is...— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 16, 2021 At first, Oliveira pointed to McGregor’s upcoming trilogy against Dustin Poirier, who knocked him out in January to even the score at one bout apiece. “Conor, worry about Dustin,” Oliveira said via translator. “Then we’ll talk about it.” Then asked about title defense in his native Brazil, Oliveira one-upped himself and issued a little callout to the Irish star. “That would be fantastic,” he said of fighting on home soil. “Conor, since you’re so tough, first of all, you beat Dustin, and then come over to Brazil and I’ll put you on your ass.” The winner of Poirier vs. McGregor could be the first challenger for Oliveira, who won his first title after 28 fights in the octagon, a company record for the UFC. “I battled hard to get here,” Oliveira said. “Everybody’s talking about who it’s going to be next, Poirier or Conor. I’ll leave that to my manager, and I’m going to go home and rest.” Oliveira celebrated cageside with UFC commentator Joe Rogan and UFC President Dana White before leaping into the stands to celebrate with allies. He wept openly as the UFC title was wrapped around his waist and he was announced as champion. “I was liking the moment,” he said. “I told Joe, ‘Thank you so much for believing in me.’ I told Dana, ‘I’m not a boy any more.’” In fact, he is the man at lightweight, which means he’ll entertain all manner of callouts, whether they’re neutral or designed to get his blood up. With McGregor, it could be either. “First, he has to pass Dustin,” Oliveira said. “He’s just one of these guys that talks alot. He’s got to beat Dustin first.”

Charles Oliveira responds to Conor McGregor: Beat Dustin Poirier, then ‘I’ll put you on your ass’
Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Among the many fighters who responded to Charles Oliveira’s impressive title win at UFC 262 was former two-division champ Conor McGregor.

McGregor’s message to the new Brazilian champion wasn’t anything overtly hostile and appeared to be a nod to his signature whiskey. But it still drew a response from Oliveira at the post-fight press conference.

At first, Oliveira pointed to McGregor’s upcoming trilogy against Dustin Poirier, who knocked him out in January to even the score at one bout apiece.

“Conor, worry about Dustin,” Oliveira said via translator. “Then we’ll talk about it.”

Then asked about title defense in his native Brazil, Oliveira one-upped himself and issued a little callout to the Irish star.

“That would be fantastic,” he said of fighting on home soil. “Conor, since you’re so tough, first of all, you beat Dustin, and then come over to Brazil and I’ll put you on your ass.”

The winner of Poirier vs. McGregor could be the first challenger for Oliveira, who won his first title after 28 fights in the octagon, a company record for the UFC.

“I battled hard to get here,” Oliveira said. “Everybody’s talking about who it’s going to be next, Poirier or Conor. I’ll leave that to my manager, and I’m going to go home and rest.”

Oliveira celebrated cageside with UFC commentator Joe Rogan and UFC President Dana White before leaping into the stands to celebrate with allies. He wept openly as the UFC title was wrapped around his waist and he was announced as champion.

“I was liking the moment,” he said. “I told Joe, ‘Thank you so much for believing in me.’ I told Dana, ‘I’m not a boy any more.’”

In fact, he is the man at lightweight, which means he’ll entertain all manner of callouts, whether they’re neutral or designed to get his blood up. With McGregor, it could be either.

“First, he has to pass Dustin,” Oliveira said. “He’s just one of these guys that talks alot. He’s got to beat Dustin first.”

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