He’s scared – Islam Makhachev says UFC stressed Charles Oliveira to simply settle for fight with him
Islam Makhachev has been taking note of the problems Charles Oliveira has been pronouncing and Makhachev’s take is that while the former UFC lightweight champion is an excellent fighter, Makhachev moreover feels Oliveira fears him and that he’s been making excuses and warding off a matchup with him.
“Charles is superb, he has a very good win streak, he beat a large number of tricky fighters, on the other hand for me, it’s embarrassing when the UFC lightweight champion asks for any individual like Nate Diaz or Conor McGregor, who [last] won like 5 years up to now,” Makhachev discussed on the DC & RC podcast. “No person remembers when the ones guys win some fights.
“He tried to call [for] Diaz, McGregor, on the other hand he forgets my identify. And after they ask about me, he says he needs money or something like this. But when he fights with Dustin [Poirier] or Justin Gaethje, he doesn’t take into consideration money. Now when he says he has to fight Islam, he tries to say, ‘I want to fight in Brazil, I want to fight after all of this twelve months, or I need some money.’”
When asked if he thinks Oliveira is frightened of him, Makhachev replied, “If truth be told. He discussed Islam has to fight over again or something like this. Alternatively UFC knowledgeable him, ‘Hiya if you do not take this fight, we’re going to make it possible to Michael Chandler.’ That’s why he took this fight.”
“This fight” being the UFC 280 matchup with Makhachev for the vacant UFC lightweight identify.
Makhachev seems to have a point. In line with Oliveira himself, he did not want to fight Makhachev next and he did not want the fight to occur in Abu Dhabi.
“I didn’t want this fight. All of us realize it,” Oliveira discussed in a contemporary interview. “I wanted the huge price from the other fight. Then again, everyone knows that I’m a UFC employee. You can’t break out that. So we tried to negotiate from each perspective. I tried NY because it was once a independent ground. Alternatively the fight was once determined there (Abu Dhabi). Alternatively to be honest the cage is the same anywhere on this planet.”
The UFC stripped Oliveira of the lightweight identify when he not noted weight for his planned coverage against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274. Oliveira won that bout by means of first-round submission. With the victory, his 11th immediately win, Oliveira grow to be the No. 1 ranked fighter inside the dependable UFC lightweight division.
Makhachev is the No. 4 ranked fighter at 155 pounds. He is the usage of a 10-fight a success streak. Makhachev’s most recent win was once a February TKO victory over Bobby Green. Green was once a overdue injury replace for No. 6 ranked UFC lightweight Beneil Dariush. The two warring parties in recent times ranked between Oliveira and Makhachev are Gaethje and Poirier. Oliveira defeated Poirier in December by means of third-round submission.
UFC 280 takes place at Etihad House in Abu Dhabi on October 22.