Joe Rogan believes Charles Oliveira earned a lightweight title shot with his lopsided decision victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC 256, claiming that he would prefer to see ‘Do Bronx’ fight for the belt over anyone else in the division.
“Watching him do that to Tony, I was like, ‘I can’t even believe what I am seeing,’” Rogan said on a recent episode of JRE (h/t MMA Fighting). “He just dominated every second of that fight. It was bananas.
“That would have been an interesting fight to see, (Ferguson) vs Khabib, but the way Oliveira controlled (Ferguson) on the ground…” Rogan continued. “We wanted to know what would happen because Tony is dangerous off his back – he submitted Kevin Lee, I’m more interested to see Oliveira fight for the title than anybody in that division.”
Rogan still ranks Khabib Nurmagomedov as the 155 pound GOAT but believes Oliveira could be ‘The Eagle’s’ most dangerous opponent to date.
“I believe (Khabib) is the GOAT of that division, but I don’t know what would have happened with Oliveira until you see it,” Rogan continued. “With Oliveira there are moments – like when Cub Swanson knocked him out – there’s moments when you go back in his career and you go, ‘Oh, this guy is not the greatest.’ Then you see him in some fights like the Kevin Lee fight – where he submitted Kevin Lee – submits Tony in a spectacular way. He’s just so technical. Everything’s so good. He’s never out of position. He doesn’t force anything. Everything looks f****** amazing.
“Man, I want to see him fight for the title. I wanna see him fight Dustin. I want to see him fight Conor. I want to see him fight whoever else is in that division, Gaethje.”
Oliveira is in agreement with Rogan which is why the Brazilian is adamant that his next fight will be for the title.
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