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Midnight Mania! Charles Oliveira will be cage side for Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 3

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The UFC Lightweight title picture has certainly been shaken up by the Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor trilogy. After all, Poirier chose to chase the much, much larger paycheck of a McGregor fight rather than pursue the undisputed title. As a result, “The Diamond” is headlining UFC 264, while the Lightweight title already found a new home around the waist of Charles Oliveira, who pummeled Michael Chandler in one of the year’s best fights (HIGHLIGHTS).

At a certain point, those dividing paths among the Lightweight elites must realign. MMAFighting’s Guilherme Cruz reported that Oliveira will be in attendance at UFC 264, cage side for the pivotal Lightweight clash.

There really wasn’t a ton of doubt around the situation, but this largely confirms that Poirier vs. McGregor 3 is a title eliminator match up. Poirier is ranked as the top Lightweight contender and highly on the pound-for-pound chart, while McGregor is a former champion and the biggest draw in the sport — it’s not exactly rocket science to have the victor square off with “Do Bronx.”

Regardless of who’s victorious at UFC 264, Oliveira promises to knock him out.

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CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE DIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Phoenix, Ariz., on Sat., May 7, 2022, with a blockbuster championship doubleheader. Headlining the pay-per-view (PPV) event will be Lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, seeking to defend his title against No. 1-ranked contender, Justin Gaethje. In UFC 274’s co-main event, women’s Strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas, looks to avenge her loss against No. 2-seeded, Carla Esparza. And top-ranked Lightweight contenders collide when Michael Chandler (No. 5) locks horns with Tony Ferguson (No. 7) in a fan-friendly 155-pound clash for the ages.

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Insomnia

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I’m enjoying Khabib Nurmagomedov’s journey into the world of coaching, but this video also illustrates another lesson that I’ve found to be universal in MMA gyms: good pushups are for S&C, while anything goes on the mats!

Slips, rips, and KO clips

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Maybe one of the most aggressive sequences ever posted in this column:

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