Conor McGregor challenging lightweight champion Charles Oliveira 'might happen next', says UFC star's training partner

CONOR McGREGOR fighting UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira 'might happen next', his training partner said.

The Irishman is still recovering from the broken tibia he suffered in his trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier.

His next fight remains undetermined but he has called out Oliveira recently, after the Brazilian defended his belt against Poirier this month.

With the pair both adding fuel to the fire online, McGregor's Straight Blast Gym-mate Peter Queally predicts it could come next.

Queally told The Mirror: "It sounds like the belt might happen next to be honest.

"Normally in this sport, when you've got two fighters that want the same thing, that's what happens.

"So Charles wants this fight with Conor, Conor wants this fight with Charles and normally that's what happens especially if there's money to be made, which there is."

Oliveira, 32, won the vacant title Khabib Nurmagomedov, 33, vacated in May against Michael Chandler, 35.

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But he defended it for the first time against Poirier, 32, who knocked out McGregor, 33, in January and won the trilogy in July after the shock injury.

McGregor has since been recovering from the horror leg break and is training towards a comeback next year.

He has lost three of his last four fights, but still has the backing of beating Oliveira, who is on a 10-bout win streak.

Queally said: "For sure he can beat Charles. Obviously it's not ideal to be out that long with an injury.

"But you know Conor and what he can do, Charles has shown himself to be somebody that is a brilliant fighter but someone who gets hit.

"I always say that if you're a fighter that gets hit against Conor, it's bad news for you!

"So I can see him winning that fight – of course it would be ideal if he hadn't broke his leg and he was coming back from it, but these are things you have to deal with.

"But that looks like the fight there's going to be."

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