We won’t be seeing Charles Oliveira back in the Octagon anytime soon.
In his most recent fight, which took place in October at UFC 280, Oliveira was submitted by Islam Makhachev and thus was unable to reclaim the vacant UFC lightweight championship. Oliveira said at his post-fight press conference that he would return to fight for gold again, though he didn’t specify when.
“I really don’t know what I would choose to happen because at the end of the day, you never know exactly what the promotion is going to choose,” said Oliveira.
“They change minds all the time, so who am I to say something? The truth of the matter is Charles Oliveira is still the No. 1 contender in the division.
“So what we’re going to do is go back home, see my family, talk to my managers, assess the matters maybe butt heads a little bit with the UFC,” added Oliveira.
“I’ve always done everything the UFC has wanted from me. I’ve always fought in other people’s homes, so basically, we’re just going to wait a little bit. And there’s nothing much for us to actually choose. We’re going to be home and negotiate it from there.”
The negotiations between Oliveira and the UFC appeared to go well on Friday, when rumors began circulating that he would be returning to the organization. UFC 283 is a pay-per-view event set for January 21 at Jeunesse Arena in Brazil, and there was talk that the former champion would fight Rafael Fiziev in the main event.
“Not gonna happen,” wrote Oliveira on social media in response to the rumored Rafael Fizev fight.