Top UFC lightweight contender Islam Makhachev revealed that Charles Oliveira is trying to avoid fighting him.
After losing her belt in the weight division in May, uncrowned champion Oliveira was determined to win another spot to claim the title. His win over Justin Gaethje secured him the top contender spot, with company president Dana White promising him an outing for the next vacant strap.
Now, on a 10-fight streak, Makhachev will face a fifth-ranked opponent for the first time in his UFC career. He got his chance after months of former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov rallying for his defense. Makhachev looked dominant in his run and finished off both of his final opponents in the first round.
Oliveira will face Makhachev in the UFC 280 standout on October 22 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. However, there is a chance that we may have missed the highly anticipated showdown.
During an appearance on ESPN MMA’s “DC & RC,” Makhachev shared that Oliveira didn’t want to book the match at first and gave several reasons to avoid it until the hype was enough and he accepted. accept offers. The UFC has a plan to have Michael Chandler ready as an alternative in case Oliveira refuses.
“He said, ‘Muslims have to fight one more time,’ or something like this,” he said (ht MMA Junkie). “But the UFC said to him, ‘Hey, if you (don’t) ) join this match, we’ll give Michael Chandler some chances.’ That’s why he’s in this fight.”
Makhachev Bashed Oliveira for trying to fight Conor McGregor
Oliveira has expressed interest in welcoming former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor, who has been on the sidelines recovering from a horrific broken leg injury sustained in his final fight with Dustin Poirier on July last year. Makhachev believes the 32-year-old Brazilian is avoiding him, as he has accepted fights against Poirier and Gaethje.
Makhachev calls “do Bronx” for trying to secure a match against losing opponents.
“For me, it’s embarrassing that the UFC lightweight champion is asking (for) someone like Nate Diaz or Conor McGregor,” Makhachev said. “Conor McGregor, who won five years ago – nobody remembers when these guys won some fights. He tried to go Diaz or McGregor, but he forgot my name.
“And when they asked about me, he said he needed money or something like that, but when it comes to Dustin (Poirier) or Justin Gaethje, he doesn’t think about money.”
Makhachev is a lover of betting
When the match was announced, it was a bit of a surprise to see Makhachev open up as more of a betting lover than Oliveira. As good as Makhachev is, he hasn’t faced any opponent before in the top five of the tournament.
Dagestani, 30, is famous for his grappling ability and hitting insane numbers in his performances, which justifies the betting line to some extent.
Meanwhile, Oliveira fought and beat many of the top contenders in her run for the top spot. He is on a seven-match winning streak, having ended six of those rivals with the only decisive win going to Tony Ferguson.
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