Chael Sonnen has recently highlighted the big problems Charles Oliveira would have against certain UFC lightweights. The damage he takes in the first round is a big problem. Sonnen sees big problems for the champion should he fight Conor McGregor too.
The former UFC champion got brutally honest when talking about Charles Oliveira's chances against Conor McGregor. Chael Sonnen sees the Irishman's power as simply ‘too much.'
“If there’s anybody that Conor is likely to beat to become the (UFC) world champion, it is the sitting champion right now,” Sonnen said on his YouTube channel. “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.
“Conor can handle himself on the ground,” the former UFC fighter said. “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.”
Many fans would have a problem with Chael Sonnen's evaluation of Conor McGregor's ground game. It has long been an issue in his career. Charles Oliveira could make for a very interesting matchup for the UFC lightweight title.