Charles Oliveira wants to make history against either Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier – but knows a McGregor win would make him more money.
The newly crowned UFC lightweight champion is likely to face the victor of UFC 264's main event, which is expected to be one of the biggest pay-per-view events in the promotion's history.
Bookies have Oliveira as an underdog regardless of the outcome, which he views as a positive extra layer of motivation going into his first title defence.
Speaking to MMA Fighting, Oliveira admitted fighting McGregor would inflate his bank account – but claimed he is more concerned with making history regardless of the outcome on July 10.
"Anyone that fights Conor [gets] more money in the end," he admitted. "But I’ve never fought in the UFC thinking about money.
"I’ve always thought about fighting and making things happen and I won’t change my head now. To me, whoever comes [to fight me], great.
"If Conor comes, everybody knows it’s going to be a great fight and a lot of money coming in. If Dustin comes, it’s also a great fight and good money coming in — not as much money, but also good money. It makes no difference to me."
On his underdog status, Oliveira said that he thrives on being underestimated, adding: "I like being the underdog.
"I go there and prove it [his ability], I’ve made history ever since I got in the UFC. Every time people said I couldn’t do something, I went there and proved them wrong.
"When they gave me someone and said they would knock me out, I proved them wrong. Every time they said someone would knock me out, they ended up beat up on the feet and shooting for takedowns.
"I show my firepower, my knockout power. I’ll tell you this, being the underdog or “the man of the hour” makes no difference to me. What matters is what you can do in there.
"Every time you get in there is 50-50 and whoever has the best strategy and is better prepared will win."
McGregor teased a fight with Oliveira after he was crowned champion by defeating Michael Chandler at UFC 262, but he warned the Irishman not to overlook his upcoming opponent.
“Conor," he told reporters after his second round TKO victory. "Since you’re so tough, first of all, beat Dustin and then come over to Brazil and I’ll put you on your ass.
“He has to get past Dustin. He’s just one of them guys that talks a lot. He’s got to get past Dustin first.”
McGregor's third fight with Poirier will see a capacity crowd of 20,000 flock to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
They have one win apiece – the Irishman won their initial bout in 2014 before Poirier earned revenge in January of this year at UFC 257.
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