Charles Oliveira had some bad luck when he was stripped of his title after losing weight to Justin Gaethje at UFC 274. Since then, the former UFC lightweight champion has battled Conor McGregor before settling on Islam Makhachev.
ONE Championship star fighter Demetrious Johnson recently struggled to pick an eventual winner in the potential fight between Oliveira and Makhachev. Johnson praised both fighters and also said that Oliveira was probably one of the best lightweights in the business.
“This is probably one of the fights I’m looking forward to. Big fan of [Charles] Oliveira and Islam Makhachev. I saw Oliveira, [me and him] fought on the same map. And to see him be the champion. Probably the best lightweight in the world. [It’s] absolutely a great fight. I can’t pick a winner in this fight. It’s going to be a sick battle.”
Since losing the title, the Brazilian fighter has challenged Conor McGregor, Islam Makhachev and also Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Charles Oliveira is ready for Islam Makhachev
Speaking to Ag Fight, ‘Do Bronx’ said he would not discuss whether he would submit or beat Islam, but said he would surely beat it. He further qualifies as a problem for the lightweight division and Islam Makhachev will have to deal with this problem.
“Look, I’m not going to say I’m going to submit or knock him out, but I’m going to beat him. Listen to this: I will defeat Islam Makhachev. The division problem is called [Charles] Oliveira. This is the division problem. It doesn’t matter what they say.”
Additionally, Oliveira has kept McGregor aside for now and openly challenged Makhachev to a fight in December.
See Oliveira calling Makhachev below:
“Look, forget Conor McGregor now. Forget. In Brazil, Charles Oliveira against Islam Makhachev. Is this the fight you want? So we will have it. Charles Oliveira versus Islam Makhachev in Brazil.
These two fighters are very different in their fighting styles. Oliviera is known for his ground grabs, but Islam’s wrestling prowess inside the octagon has brought him big advantages in the past.
Who do you think will emerge victorious if these two men lock their horns?