Less crowd is the reason for Charles oliveira’s win, says Dan hooker

Fahad PervezWeb Editor

16th Dec, 2020. 08:52 pm
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At UFC 256, the lightweight title picture got even more log-jammed when Charles Oliveira dominated Tony Ferguson en route to a unanimous decision victory.

The win was the coming out party for Oliveira who had very quietly put together a seven fight win streak with seven finishes. But not everyone was as impressed with Oliveira’s performance as others, namely, fellow lightweight contender Dan Hooker.

Speaking with an international news agency Hooker said,

“It’s pretty obvious to me what’s happened.. (Tony)’s a crowd fighter, he draws energy from the crowd.”

“Under those big moments, under the pressure, 10, 20, 30-thousand people there, you can’t tell me that doesn’t change the environment of the situation. And Charles Oliveira, to me, he’s a fighter that traditionally doesn’t do very well under the pressure of those big fights. You look at any big fight he’s had in his past, and he freezes, or he’ll crumble under the pressure of those big fights. So, to me, that’s what it was. Tony wasn’t awake. Tony didn’t look like he’d been riled up. And Charles Oliveira was in the zone, in his element, and freely doing his thing.”

He further added to his statement,

“He beat Tony. If you beat Tony, I would say that leading up to that fight, before that fight is even booked, it’s like, whoever beats Tony Ferguson lines himself up for a title, and I would definitely rather see the winner of that fight for the winner of Conor/Poirier fight. You gotta have two guys who won fights fight for a title. You can’t have guys coming off losses fighting for the title. Gaethje thinks he can just sit around and get a title shot. You can’t come off a loss and fight for a world championship. To me, that’s just not how it works. You need to get back on the horse, get back on your win streak.”

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