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Charles Oliveira Asserts Dominance Ahead of UFC 300, Responds to Arman Tsarukyan’s Criticism


Charles Oliveira warns Tsarukyan
Charles Oliveira

Charles Oliveira, the former UFC lightweight champion, is gearing up for a showdown against Arman Tsarukyan at UFC 300 and has fired back at Tsarukyan’s comments, asserting his position as the top contender in the division.


In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Oliveira addressed Tsarukyan's remarks about him being a one-dimensional fighter, particularly focusing on his submission abilities. Oliveira dismissed these claims, highlighting his record of 16 submissions in the UFC and his history of knockout victories, labeling Tsarukyan's talk as "bulls***."


"People say what they want, right? If I only have that, and I have 16 submissions on my [UFC] record, I guess they were all from the back, right?" Oliveira remarked, showcasing his confidence in his diverse skill set.


The Brazilian fighter also emphasized his hunger for championship glory, refuting notions that he lacks motivation or determination. He laughed off the trash talk aimed at him, maintaining his focus on the upcoming fight while acknowledging Tsarukyan as a tough opponent.


"He’s super tough, is on a good run, etc. But we’re talking about guys at the top of the division. You have to chill before you say anything because you’re not talking about anyone, I’m the No. 1 in this division," Oliveira asserted, underscoring his position in the lightweight rankings.


Oliveira's recent victory over Beneil Dariush showcased his evolving style and strategic approach to fights. He expressed his eagerness to secure another finish against Tsarukyan, whether through a knockout or submission, aiming to avoid leaving the outcome to the judges' decision.


Looking ahead, Oliveira mentioned his plans for a potential rematch with Islam Makhachev or a lucrative bout with Conor McGregor if the opportunity arises. While acknowledging the financial appeal of a McGregor fight, Oliveira remains focused on his immediate goal of defeating Tsarukyan and solidifying his status as a top contender.


"I’m not worried about what Arman can bring, but with what I can do. It’s all about me being happy and bold, and having my hand raised," Oliveira concluded, exuding confidence in his abilities and readiness for the upcoming challenge.


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