Joe Rogan calls for UFC to snub Conor McGregor trilogy with Dustin Poirier and pit The Diamond against Charles Oliveira
UFC commentator Joe Rogan reckons the promotion should book a lightweight title fight between Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira.
Poirier solidified his status as the No.1 active lightweight in the world last month with a stunning second-round TKO victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 257.
A summer trilogy bout between the former featherweight rivals is in the works, despite Poirier being hellbent on fighting for the title next.
And with lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov no longer in the picture, Rogan believes a championship bout between Poirier and the in-form Oliveira should be next.
During a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, he said: “That would have been an interesting fight to see: [Oliveira] vs Khabib.
“The way Oliveira controlled [Tony Ferguson] on the ground—we wanted to know what would happen [if Ferguson fought Nurmagomedov] because Tony is dangerous off his back.
"I’m more interested to see Oliveira fight for the title than anybody in that division.
“I believe [Nurmagomedov] is the GOAT of that division, but I don’t know what would have happened with Oliveira until you see it.
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“With Oliveira there are moments—like when Cub Swanson knocked him out—there’s moments when you go back in his career and you go, ‘this guy is not the greatest.’
"Then you see him in some fights like the Kevin Lee fight, and he’s just so technical, everything’s so good.
"He’s never out of position. He doesn’t force anything.
“Man, I want to see him fight for the title. I wanna see him fight Dustin.”
Submission specialist Oliveira has been on a tear since his UFC 218 loss to Paul Felder in December 2017.
The Brazilian has rattled off eight wins on the bounce since being TKO'd by the Irish Dragon and is currently the No.3-ranked 155-pounder in the world.
Oliveira, 31, is hellbent on fighting for the title next, so much so he recently snubbed a big-money fight with fan favourite Nate Diaz.
After getting wind of Diaz's interest in fighting him, Do Bronx tweeted: "Status: No interest, homie. Goal: Lightweight belt."
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