Number 2. ranked lightweight, Justin Gaethje, does not believe Charles Olivera is as deserving of a title shot, as the Brazilian is making out. Olivera is currently on an impressive 8 fight win streak which includes wins over Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. Alternatively, Gaethje fought his way to a title shot in 2020, where he came up short against Khabib Nurmagamedov.
Does Olivera Truly Deserve A Title Shot
Olivera has been very public in his belief that he should be next in line for a shot at the 155lb title. However, Gaethje is not of the same mindset and has taken to Twitter, in order to vent his frustrations about his fellow lightweight.
“Sick of hearing @CharlesDoBronxs deserves anything. Other than Tony what the f*ck has this dude done to get a shot at a title?”
“Credit for stacking up dubs but that’s now how this works.”
Gaethje raises the point that, unlike himself and Dustin Poirier, Olivera has only ever fought one top 5 ranked lightweight. Gaethje himself has fought Ferguson, Poirier, Nurmagomdeov and Alvarez, admittedly to varying levels of success. However, Olivera has only faced 2 ranked fighters at 155lbs, those being the aforementioned Ferguson, as well as Kevin Lee. Despite this, it is the way in which he dispatched these top-level fighters that has fans of the sport clamouring for a ‘Do Bronx’ to get a title shot.
Olivera was initially hoping for a matchup with no.1 ranked 155lber Dustin Poirier. However, with Poirier looking for a trilogy matchup with McGregor, Olivera is willing to face another lightweight if it is for gold.
An alternative approach could see Olivera and Justin Gaethje end up facing each other, possibly for the belt. Michael Chandler is also in the mix and was willing to accept a short-notice fight to face Olivera in February, despite it not being for the title.