Charles Oliveira gives uncharacteristic angry response to Belal Muhammad for claiming UFC 294 pull-out was on purpose

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Charles Oliveira gives uncharacteristic angry response to Belal Muhammad for claiming UFC 294 pull-out was on purpose

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Charles Oliveira has recently responded to Belal Muhammad’s insinuation that his withdrawal from UFC 294 was premeditated. ‘Do Bronx’ was originally set to have a title rematch with Islam Makhachev this month but had to withdraw due to a training injury, just days before the fight. Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski stepped in as his replacement.

Oliveira sustained a severe cut above his right eye during sparring, requiring stitches. While the majority of people sympathized with his decision to withdraw, Belal Muhammad contended that the injury was a deliberate ploy to avoid facing Makhachev in Abu Dhabi.


Charles Oliveira, typically known for his calm and collected demeanor, unleashed a scathing response to Muhammad, demonstrating a rare departure from his usual composure.

During an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, ‘do Bronx’ didn’t mince words when addressing the surging welterweight contender. He stated:

“I’ve dedicated 13 years to this sport. They’re merely trying to ride my coattails, craving attention and recognition. Who would deliberately cause such a situation leading to a significant eye injury? It’s all just talk. Ultimately, I don’t let their words affect me. They aspire to be like me, to reach the heights I’ve achieved, but they can never be me.”

Charles Oliveira solidifies his position as the next contender for Islam Makhachev.

Charles Oliveira remains resolute in his commitment to facing Islam Makhachev and is eagerly anticipating his title rematch.

Previously, Oliveira had to withdraw from his title rematch against Makhachev due to injury, with Alexander Volkanovski taking his place. UFC 294 saw the lightweight champion successfully defend his title with a spectacular first-round knockout against the Australian. Nevertheless, Oliveira remains undeterred.

In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Charles Oliveira conveyed his unwavering confidence in challenging Makhachev for the championship, stating:

“I’m determined to claim that belt. It doesn’t matter who holds it; I want that championship. Whoever the UFC designates as his opponent, they will fight… It’s common knowledge that I’m next in line. I hold the top spot in the rankings, I’m coming off a significant victory, and I’m as eager to fight as I was before. I was fully prepared for that bout until the unfortunate injury occurred, and I’m the next rightful contender.”

Reference:

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-charles-oliveira-gives-uncharacteristic-angry-response-belal-muhammad-claiming-ufc-294-pull-out-purpose

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