Makhachev Disputes Oliveira's Unfair Advantage Claims in Abu Dhabi

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Makhachev Disputes Oliveira’s Unfair Advantage Claims in Abu Dhabi

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UFC 294 is on the horizon, featuring a highly anticipated lightweight title rematch between reigning champion Makhachev and former kingpin Oliveira. The fight is scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where these two fighters clashed before.

In their previous encounter in Abu Dhabi, Makhachev secured a dominant victory, submitting Oliveira with an arm-triangle choke in just two rounds. This win marked the beginning of Makhachev’s championship reign almost a year ago, setting the stage for their upcoming bout at UFC 294 on October 21.

Oliveira was offered an immediate rematch in his home country of Brazil at UFC 293 in January, but he declined the opportunity, feeling he wasn’t prepared to face his successor yet. Instead, Makhachev defended his title in enemy territory in Australia against featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284 in February and won via unanimous decision.

Oliveira made a strong comeback in June with a first-round knockout of Beneil Dariush, earning him another shot at the title in Abu Dhabi. However, he expressed his wish for a more level playing field.

I don’t necessarily think it’s fair, but it’s the game,” Oliveira commented. “You know, that’s where the champion is. He calls the shots, but I’m coming back for my belt.”

In response to Oliveira’s statement, Makhachev expressed his confusion and revealed that he had been eager to fight sooner but had to wait for the UFC’s plans.

Charles, I asked to fight in the U.S. in the summer, but UFC has other plans,” Makhachev tweeted. “I am a UFC fighter like you, never set the conditions for the UFC and fought where they offered. My last fight took place in Australia in the challenger’s backyard. Everything you say makes no sense.

Although Makhachev isn’t from Abu Dhabi, he has had a successful track record there, having won all three of his fights in the city against fighters like Oliveira, Dan Hooker, and Davi Ramos. Abu Dhabi has become somewhat of a fan-favorite territory for the Khabib Nurmagomedov protege.

A victory for Oliveira at UFC 294 would make him the first two-time lightweight champion in UFC history, providing redemption for his only defeat in his last 14 fights.

Reference:

https://www.mmamania.com/2023/10/2/23899774/ufc-294-islam-makhachev-shuts-down-home-turf-complaints-charles-oliveira-makes-no-sense-mma

https://www.yardbarker.com/mma/articles/islam_makhachev_claims_hes_just_a_ufc_fighter_in_response_to_charles_oliveira_branding_abu_dhabi_rematch_unfair/s1_17298_39334372

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