Oliveira will take on Jury at UFC on FOX 17, in what will mark the first time he’s fought, since he incurred a throat injury against Max Holloway in August. The TKO loss ended Oliveira’s four fight win streak, which featured several highlight reel, submission victories.
Recently Oliveira talked to the Brazilian outlet Portal do Vale Tudo, and during the interview, he was asked about Mr. McGregor. Here is some of what the dangerous grappler had to say (translation via Bloody Elbow.com):
“He is very tough. Since all fights begin standing up, I would have to work on my striking a lot, but Chad Mendes showed what Conor is like on the ground, he had his way with him. No doubt my Jiu-Jitsu is one of the best in the division so it would be like a black belt facing a white belt. I think he has been beating guys because of the way he talks, he bothers them and that can’t happen. I have a dream to fight against the best and he is one of the toughest guys in the division, so I’m sure this fight will happen. When it does, he can say whatever he wants, it won’t faze me. I will do what I do best. I will walk forward and use my Jiu-Jitsu.”
Now, most would agree that if Oliveira could get McGregor to the ground, then “Notorious” would likely be in some trouble. A lot of 145’ers would be. But, navigating through McGregor’s stand-up is treacherous, especially for someone who isn’t a decorated and powerful wrestler like Mendes.
All the McGregor talk aside, first things first, and that’s Jury. A man who has only been defeated once in 16 official bouts, and that was against top lightweight contender, Donald Cerrone.
UFC on FOX 17 will go down in Orlando, Florida. The card will be headlined by a fight between the aforementioned Cerrone and lightweight champ, Rafael dos Anjos.