Conor McGregor is finally set to make his long-awaited return to the UFC cage at some point in 2023.
McGregor will coach opposite of Michael Chandler on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, culminating with a fight between the two at either lightweight or welterweight.
And while that fight is still at least six months away, as McGregor still hasn’t entered the USADA testing pool, plenty of people are weighing in on how they expect the fight to go.
One of those weighing in is former UFC lightweight champ Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira. Oliveira won the then-vacant lightweight title with a second-round TKO victory over Chandler in 2021.
He later defeated Dustin Poirier before vacating the belt after missing weight against Justin Gaethe. Oliveira submitted Gaethe in that fight.
That set up a fight with Islam Makachev in October of 2022 for the vacant belt. Makachev won that fight via submission in the second round. Oliveira has not fought since. But he’s certainly an interested party when it comes to Chandler and McGregor.
Charles Oliveira And Conor McGregor Exchange Words, Tweets
“I think he’s not going to win,” Oliveira said on the MMA Hour on Wednesday.. “But [the title shot] could happen [with a win]. He’s a guy that sells a lot, the UFC likes him, he’s controversial and has immense power, so it could happen, but I don’t think he’s getting past Chandler.”
McGregor then responded with a series of since deleted tweets.
The first tweet told Oliveira to shut his “pie hole” before pointing out that he’s 2-0 in his career again Brazilian fighters Jose Aldo and Diego Brandao.
McGregor also claimed a third victory against Rafael dos Anjos in a fight that never happened. But for some reason, he’s since deleted all three tweets.
Oliveira, however, caught wind of the tweets and offered a response.
Can't keep a simple tweet (you deleted Conor). Chandler will mop youhttps://t.co/btjTMYiMAe pic.twitter.com/nsAlrd3hl2
— Charles 'DoBronxs' Oliveira (@CharlesDoBronxs) March 2, 2023
“Can’t keep a simple tweet (you deleted Conor). Chandler will mop you,” Oliveira said while attaching of video of him relaxing in a pool.
McGregor hasn’t fought since July of 2021 and hasn’t won a UFC fight since January of 2023. Chandler, meanwhile, is just 2-3 in his UFC career and is coming off a loss to Dustin Poirier. Though he’s fought three times since McGregor’s last fight which, coincidentally, was also a loss to Poirier.
Something’s gotta give.