Charles Oliveira looking to make a statement against Jim Miller, wants future fight with BJ Penn

UFC lightweight prospect, Charles Oliveira speaks about his upcoming fight with Jim Miller at UFC 124 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on December 11th, 2010 as well as his dream to face one of the greatest fighters to ever compete at 155 pounds.

Oliveira, speaking via Tatame Magazine, said:

“Man, Miller is a guy known for being the best Jiu-Jitsu guy, but I don’t think so. I think he’s a complete guy, who can play standing up or on the floor. From my part, I want him to come forwards on the first round because I know he’ll come hungry for me and, in my fights, no one has done it to me. I think he’ll try to risk it all, he’ll try to knock me out or submit me. I think he’ll try to take me down, but I’m not afraid of going to the floor. My Jiu-Jitsu is as good as it always was, so I don’t think it’ll be any different than it was in Brazil.”

“I’ll work the ground game taking one step at a time, but always moving forwards. On the second round, I have to be more aggressive, exchange with him, take him down. But that’s just what I’m saying here, when you get there you can never know. He can make a mistake, he might want to only exchange, or only take me down. I think it’ll be a fight between two warriors, and I think he’s more likely to win the belt because he has more wins than I do. He wants to make some space for himself, but I also want to make a statement.”

“Man, Frankie Edgar deserves everything he’s got, but I think that ‘the’ big name of the division is BJ Penn. BJ is the guy. On his fight, he proved the world that, when he’s into it, when he wants… I think he beat every opponent he had for too many time, he remained unbeaten for a long time and it destabilized the guy. It’s good to lose. Congratulations to Frankie Edgar, but I think BJ wasn’t at his best, on his timing. This fight he proved it to the world. I think he owns the division.”
“That’s my dream. When I saw Frankie Edgar, I thought I’d had to fight him, if it was for the belt, I’d do it, but I’d be an honor to me fighting BJ, independently of the outcome. I’d like to use my game to fight him because he’s the guy, he’s the guy of this division. I cheered for him. If he comes back in that style, he’ll rule this division.”

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