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Charles Oliveira weighs up welterweight leap after UFC 300 defeat: ‘Why not move up and do a big fight?’


Charles Oliveira, the former UFC 300 champion, has revealed that he is considering a weight loss to 170 pounds after losing to Justin Gaethje earlier this month.

Oliveira, a former undisputed lightweight champion and contender at the featherweight limit, most recently featured just earlier this month in a championship-contender fight with Arman Tsarukyan, narrowly dropping a contentious split decision defeat.

Charles Oliveira believed he choked out Arman Tsarukyan with D'Arce at UFC 300 I thought he went out
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Oliveira is looking to make another run at the gold. He competed in the featherweight division up until a loss by title eliminator to Anthony Pettis, the former lightweight champion, back in 2016. Oliveira admitted that he’d be open to the idea of fighting at welterweight.

Charles Oliveira weighs potential 170 lb move

“Why not?” Charles Oliveira told MMA Fighting. “Why not take a fight that will lead us to money and history and legacy? We need to talk about it with the organization [UFC]. Why not go up in weight to do a big bout? A fight that is profitable and makes sense? Why not?”

Charles Oliveira addresses loss to Arman Tsarukyan at UFC 300 It wasn't meant to be
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