Charles Oliveira Challenges Islam Makhachev And Khabib Nurmagomedov
Charles Oliveira has a strategy.
And that strategy is to defeat Islam Makhachev for the UFC lightweight belt, which he had stripped from him after missing weight against Justin Gaethje. Oliveira is banking on beating Makhachev to lure Khabib Nurmagomedov out of retirement.
“If they really want it, they need to chase the champion,” Oliveira told Ag. Fight.
“I chased the champion, right?! Then I became the champion. I want to fight in December. Do you really want this?! So let’s do something cool. Now I’m talking to you. Let’s fight in January in Brazil? Isn’t that what you really want? So sell it more. But look at this, Khabib, you’ve already tried three premonitions about me and missed all three.
“Look, I won’t say I’m going to submit or knock him out, but I’ll beat him. Listen to this, I will beat Islam Makhachev. The division’s problem is called Charles Oliveira.
That’s the division’s problem. It doesn’t matter what they say. If they really want it, I want it, too. Look, forget about Conor McGregor now, forget it. In Brazil, Charles Oliveira against Islam Makhachev. Is this the fight you want? So we will have it. Charles Oliveira against Islam Makhachev in Brazil.”
Oliveira called out McGregor, but likely for a money fight. Team Khabib criticized Oliveira for the challenge and claimed that Makhachev should be the next no matter what.
Oliveira is on a 11-fight winning streak where he earned 10 finishes.
In his latest appearances, he finished fighters like Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, Gaethje and Tony Ferguson.