Charlies Oliveira, the previous UFC light-weight champion who was stripped of the title in peculiar circumstances in Could, has confirmed that he needed to contest the vacant 155-pound title with one other former champ, Conor McGregor.
Oliveira will as an alternative tackle Islam Makhachev at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi on October 22 in a matchup of two fighters in the direction of the summit of the light-weight division and whereas Makhachev presents an intriguing conundrum to unravel, Oliveira said recently that it isn’t fairly what he was on the lookout for.
“I didn’t need this combat. Everybody is aware of it,” Oliveira mentioned of the bout settlement he signed to tackle Makhachev.
“I needed the massive fee from the opposite combat [McGregor]. Nonetheless, everybody is aware of that I’m a UFC worker. You’ll be able to’t escape that. So we tried to barter from each angle. I attempted NY as a result of it was a impartial floor. However the combat was determined there [Abu Dhabi]. However to be trustworthy the cage is identical wherever on the planet.”
Nonetheless, the Oliveira-Makhachev conflict is an fascinating one, and pits two of the longest unbeaten streaks in UFC light-weight historical past in opposition to each other (Oliveira 11; Makhchev 10), although most will agree that Oliveira has confronted a far increased diploma of competitors throughout their respective profitable streaks.
McGregor, in the meantime, stays in preparation for his return to the Octagon which is predicted within the coming months and he may very well be ideally positioned for a title bout of his personal earlier than lengthy — one thing which might make Brazil’s Oliveira a really glad man if issues go his method in October.