UFC champion Charles Oliveira warned Conor McGregor is a 'very problematic' opponent but title fight 'makes sense'

CHARLES OLIVEIRA has been warned Conor McGregor is a 'very problematic' opponent for him – but a title fight with The Notorious 'makes sense'.

Oliveira in December defended his UFC lightweight title for the first time, beating Dustin Poirier in round three via submission.

Both before and after, the Brazilian called to face McGregor, who himself has set his sights on the champion and his belt.

Former UFC title challenger-turned analyst Chael Sonnen believes Oliveira is the most well-suited champ for McGregor to challenge right now.

Sonnen, 44, said on his YouTube channel: “If there’s anybody that Conor is likely to beat to become the world champion, it is the sitting champion right now.

“Charles Oliveira, Conor McGregor is a fascinating matchup. It is very problematic for Oliveira.

"Conor McGregor is as good of a striker as this sport has ever seen.

"Oliveira is a very dynamic striker who showed some real wrestling prowess in a couple of contests but in other contests didn’t."

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McGregor, 33, returned from 12 months out in January 2021, but was knocked out by Poirier, 32, the man he initially beat in 2014.

But the trilogy bout ended in even bigger disaster for the Irishman, who broke his leg seconds before the end of round one.

It left McGregor beaten by doctor stoppage and needing to undergo surgery on his leg.

He has since returned to training and continues to build towards a comeback fight this year.

McGregor has not held gold since 2016, when he won the lightweight title as featherweight champion, becoming the first fighter to hold two UFC titles simultaneously.

Charles Oliveira, Conor McGregor is a fascinating matchup. It is very problematic for Oliveira.

And even with only one win in four fights, retired Sonnen questioned whetherOliveira is as good as the 'high-level' fighters who have beaten The Notorious.

He said: “Conor can handle himself on the ground. Conor can take care of himself on the feet.

"The in-between has been a problem with very high-level guys. So now you start to have a question of, is Oliveira a really high level guy?

"Is he that high enough of a level guy? I don’t have the answers to these questions.

"I’m just sharing for you, however this goes, the fans are going to get something very special.”

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