‘Conor, are you going to fight or run?’: Charles Oliveira sends clear message to McGregor at UFC 276, telling Irishman to ‘sign the contract’ for lightweight title showdown
- Charles Oliveira was among the stars in attendance for UFC 276 in Las Vegas
- Lightweight champion clearly wants to take on Conor McGregor in next bout
- He spoke through an interpreter, asking: ‘Are you going to fight or run?’
‘Do Bronx’ spoke through an interpreter into the camera and said: ‘Hey Conor, I want this fight, I know you want it too, so are you going to come or run?
‘I know you’re running but I’m here. Are you going to sign the contract or not?’
Charles Oliveira was in attendance at UFC 276 in Las Vegas on Saturday night
Earlier in the week, he had explained: ‘I think I deserve to choose and I’m choosing Conor because of everything I’ve done to make some money for my family and for everything. If I’m going to choose, I’m choosing Conor.
‘People are talking about it so much. I think they might want it to happen. For me, it’s not specifically.
‘The UFC hasn’t told me anything yet. I want to fight by the end of the year, but if it’s at the end of the year, really, I would prefer to fight in January in Brazil, if that event happens.’
Oliveira wants to fight McGregor next, when the Irishman returns from injury
McGregor is still working his way back from the broken leg he suffered last year against Dustin Poirier.
It remains to be seen who he will fight on his return but it seems unlikely that the UFC would allow him to jump the queue for a title fight.
Islam Makhachev, Beneil Dariush and Michael Chandler all have stronger current claims and Dana White and Co have a decision to make.