UFC champ Charles Oliveira claims he can knock out BOTH Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier ahead of trilogy fight

UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira is confident he could knock out BOTH Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.

Oliveira is likely to face the winner of McGregor and Poirier's trilogy fight next weekend with his lightweight strap on the line.

McGregor won the first fight in the series in 2014 but suffered a shock second round knockout defeat to The Diamond in January.

But Oliveira isn't worried about who comes out on top on July 10th as he feels he could beat either fighter comfortably.

He said: “I never choose opponents. I am always ready to fight. They are two big names in the sport, the lightweights.

"Everyone knows that a fight with Conor has a lot of money and one with Dustin not so much, but they are two great opponents.

"I don’t choose my fights. I will be ready. I really believe in my jiu-jitsu against either of them, but something tells me that if I fought them, I would knock them both out. I’m feeling fine.

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"Today, I’m not afraid to fight these guys. The funny thing is that when I start fighting, they try to put me down, to do what I know best.

"This shows how much I’m evolving on my feet. It will definitely be a great fight. Charles, today, is not a jiu-jitsu fighter.

"He’s a complete fighter, both standing and on the ground, but I think everyone will be knocked out.”

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McGregor is desperate to avenge the shock defeat he suffered back in January and challenge for Oliveira's belt this year.

His pal Artem Lobov believes he didn't shock Poirier the respect he deserved in the first fight but is confident of an early stoppage this time around.

He said: "To be honest, it wasn’t like he wasn’t fully focused or anything, he just didn’t give Dustin the respect he deserved.

“He was more thinking about boxing Manny after the fight and was getting ready for that as Conor saw that as the challenge and Dustin was just going to be a warmup fight.

"I see the fight going how it already was going and the way the first fight went and I see Conor stopping Dustin early in this fight, I see Conor stopping Dustin in the first round.”

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