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Conor McGregor spars with new lightweight champ Charles Oliveira after UFC 262

The lightweight belt has just landed in the hands of someone not named Khabib, and Conor McGregor is already rubbing his hands in anticipation.

MMA: MAY 15 UFC 262 Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Charles Oliveira certainly doesn’t look like the toughest S.O.B. in UFC’s Lightweight division. But you better believe he is, or suffer the same fate as Michael Chandler and the eight other 155 pounders in a row “Do Bronx” finished en route to winning the vacant title at UFC 262 (watch highlights here) last night in Houston, Texas.

One man who certainly isn’t bowing down is former double champ Conor McGregor, who is looking at Oliveira as a placeholder until he can come back and take the belt again.

“Congrats to Olivera on becoming the 11th UFC lightweight champion,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “Wonder who Twelve is ...”

Not only a new bit of Mystic Mac-ism, but a not-so-subtle plug of his Proper Twelve whiskey. And maybe that’s the problem ... sometimes it feels like maybe McGregor is sticking around just to pump his business endeavors. Meanwhile, there’s no doubt as to how committed Oliveira is.

“Do Bronx” doesn’t even seem to think McGregor is going to get past Dustin Poirier in July for a crack at him.

“Conor, worry about Dustin,” Oliveira said at the UFC 262 post-fight press conference (through an interpreter). “Conor, since you’re so tough: First of all, you beat Dustin, and then you come over to Brazil and I’m going to put you on your ass. First he’s got to get past Dustin. He’s one of these guys that just talks a lot. He’s got to beat Dustin first.”

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

The great thing about being champ is no more chasing. Now, everyone has to line up and face him.

“I’m the champ now, if they want to come, they can come,” Oliveira told ESPN. “I’ve called him out a bunch of times and he never wanted it. Now he has to come after me. Everybody’s coming. This [lightweight title] is the target now. But I’m ready.”

For complete UFC 262: “Chandler vs. Oliveira” results and play-by-play, click HERE.

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