When McGregor returns to competition later this year or early next year after undergoing treatment for a broken leg, he is adamant that he would compete for a world championship. The Irishman has repeatedly been called out by Oliveira, who is the undisputed lightweight champion, but he has since stated that he wants to return at welterweight.
And former heavyweight champion Dos Santos feels that McGregor is “ducking” Oliveira, who will now compete in October against Islam Makhachev for the vacant lightweight belt. The Brazilian was the lightweight champion prior to his last matchup with Justin Gaethje, but due to a half-pound weight cut, he was stripped of his title after convincingly defeating Gaethje.
“Did you see that not long ago he [Oliveira] challenged McGregor? And McGregor is kind of ducking,” Dos Santos said on the Podpah podcast. “Of course, we know, just ducking. It’s obvious he won’t want to, it’s a bad fight for him.
“Damn, it’s obvious, and then, they’re wanting to put him against that Makhachev. Islam Makhachev, who’s a monster. It looks like he will accept the fight against Makhachev, hoping that Khabib [Nurmaomedov] will come out of retirement to fight him later.”