There has been a surprising amount of trash talk between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje ahead of UFC 274. The challenger has been calling the champion a quitter and all sorts of things.
Charles Oliveira is the kind of man that likes to let his fighting do the talking. Ahead of UFC 274, he couldn't help but fire some shots back at Justin Gaethje and brought up his last fight.
“He fought a guy for three rounds. I knocked him out with my left hand,” Oliveira told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at Wednesday’s media day. “So whatever the hype is, whatever the talk is, I don’t listen to it. The champion is Charles Oliveira, and it’s gonna stay this way.”
There were some positive things said about Justin Gaethje, and Charles Oliveira is eager to put on a fun fight with the ‘truck.' The UFC lightweight champion points out that he's now a complete fighter.
“Listen, (Gaethje) is a truck,” Oliveira said. “He only moves forward; I only move forward. So there’s definitely gonna be collisions, definitely gonna be a clash. I’m not a jiu-jitsu fighter anymore. I’m a complete MMA fighter. I want everyone to know. It seems like guys are not getting the picture.”
The UFC lightweight champion finished strong by pointing out that his approach to fights is to focus on fighting and not talking. He's not fazed by what Justin Gaethje has been saying.
“Listen, to each their own. People approach fights differently – people talk, people don’t like to talk,” Oliveira said. “If I liked to talk, I’d bring a parrot up here instead of myself. I let my fight do my talking for me. He can say whatever he wants. It does not bother me. I’m only worried about what I’m gonna do in the fight.”