Conor McGregor given hope over Charles Oliveira fight despite Dana White refusal

Conor McGregor could yet face UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira despite Dana White appearing to shut down the fight.

The Notorious will return to the Octagon in 2022 after suffering a broken tibia against Dustin Poirier in July, which was his third defeat in his last four outings.

Despite that, McGregor wants to be put straight into the title picture for his next fight, with Brazilian Oliveira his target after he defeated Poirier recently.

UFC boss White, however, indicated former champ and number one ranked Justin Gaethje was next in line for a shot.

But Oliveira is willing to let McGregor, who is ranked ninth, jump the queue.

Speaking to Sherdog, he said: "May would be a wonderful date. Conor challenged me asking a date, and tweeted Ireland vs Brazil 2.

"Not only him, but also myself and all the world wants to see that fight. So let's make it happen.

"I'm waiting for him in May. It may be in welterweight, lightweight or middleweight, with my title on the line or not. Just choose and I'll be ready."

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Oliveira has never faced McGregor, who by far brings the biggest payday of the UFC roster for his opponents.

He also hinted at revenge for his fellow countryman Jose Aldo, who was embarrassed by the Irishman when he defeated him in just 13 seconds in 2015.

Oliveira is unbeaten in his last eight fights with his latest victory coming by way of submission against Poirier at UFC 269 earlier this month.

The 32-year-old also questioned Gaethje's credentials to be his next challenger, further adding to McGregor's hopes.

He did acknowledge that the decision is out of his hands, though.

"Gaethje was knocked out by Poirier, who I just submitted," Oliveira continued.

"He was almost knocked out by [Michael] Chandler, who I beat via TKO, but I'm a UFC employee.

"If they choose that I should fight Gaethje next, I’ll be ready too."

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