Charles Oliveira is the UFC lightweight champion after stopping Michael Chandler at UFC 262 ... but is he the best 155-pound fighter in the world?
“Do Bronx” may need to defeat the winner of Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 3 to prove that, which probably won’t take that long since “The Diamond” and “Notorious” are scheduled to collide at UFC 264 in less than two months.
If you believe the Brazilian will keep his winning streak alive — and retain the lightweight strap — now’s the time to open your wallet. The number crunchers at BetOnline.ag have Oliveira pegged as the betting underdog against both Poirier and McGregor.
Charles Oliveira +155
Dustin Poirier -180
Charles Oliveira +145
Conor McGregor -165
It’s worth noting that Poirier and McGregor are dead even across most sportsbooks for their UFC 264 headliner on July 10, and if “The Diamond” comes up short against his “Notorious” rival, he’s likely to face Chandler in a rebound fight at the end of the year.
Where he’s currently a -200 favorite over “Iron” (+170).
No potential betting lines yet for No. 2-ranked Justin Gaethje, who is likely to be a part of this equation moving forward.