Conor McGregor Teases Fight vs. Charles Oliveira for UFC Lightweight Championship

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 16, 2021

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland reacts after his TKO loss to Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
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Conor McGregor might have thrown his hat in the ring for another title challenge after his congratulatory tweet for Charles Oliveira:

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

Congrats to Olivera on becoming the 11th UFC lightweight champion. <br>Wonder who Twelve is...

Oliveira secured the UFC lightweight title Saturday night at UFC 262 with a knockout victory over Michael Chandler:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

WHAT A COMEBACK.<br><br>Charles Oliveira defeats Michael Chandler via KO to become the NEW UFC lightweight champion 🏆 #UFC262 <br><br>(via @ufc)pic.twitter.com/YoEjNSk0V6

The bout was for the vacant title left open after Khabib Nurmagomedov retired as the champion. Oliveira was considered by UFC as the No. 3 contender in the class while Chandler was fourth. 

McGregor is just No. 6 in the class after a January loss to Dustin Poirier. The good news is he has a chance to climb back up the rankings with another battle against Poirier in July at UFC 264; the third all-time battle between the two.

A win for the Irish superstar could put him right back on the map as a top contender while potentially setting him up for a title shot against Oliveira.

UFC president Dana White said Saturday he hadn't yet thought about what's next for the latest champion, per Marc Raimondi of ESPN.