Islam Makhachev seemed excited at the prospect of fighting Charles Oliveira for the lightweight belt in a recent interview. Islam, who just defeated Bobby Green, extended his winning streak to 10, strengthening his case for a championship fight.
Islam looks forward to UFC 274 with headliner Charles Oliveira and justin Gaethje for the light belt. Of course, Islam plans to finish off his next opponent and fight Oliveira’s winner against Gaethje to secure the belt, as does Khabib, his longtime training partner and current coach.
For Islam to have this opportunity, it must face its toughest adversary, Beniel Dariush.
“We will remake the Dariush fight. We start this fight. Dying to see this fight. He comes through Dariush, very interesting.”– Dana White
Beniel is currently the No. 4 lightweight and a win over Beniel will give Islam the title shot he desires. Islam would love to see Oliveira win at UFC 274 as, in his opinion, Islam vs. Oliveira is comparable to Khabib vs. Tony, a fight that was planned several times but never materialised.
“If Oliveira beat Gaethje 11 win streak vs 10 win streak, that’s the same as Khabib and Tony, that’s the biggest fight in the lightweight division.”– Islam Mahkachev
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Is Charles Oliveira a potential threat to Islam Makhachev?
Karl Oliveira proved to the world he’s a champion after his showdown with dustin Poirier at UFC269 taking place in December 2021. Most people are betting on Dustin to emerge victorious, including Khabib Nurmagomedo. However, he lost to Charles via submission, which caused a great uproar around the world.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Khabib is honest about how he thinks Charles Oliveira could stand in the way of Islam Makhachev’s title shot. He says, “Right now is Charles Oliveira time. He impressed me and I truly believe he is one of the best fighters in the world right now and the best lightweight in the world. It’s going to be a very interesting fight if the next fight islam wins and charles wins and they will fight at the end of next year. It’s going to be a great fight.” In fact, Khabib endorses a match between Oliveira and Makhachev later this year and believes it could be very close.
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https://firstsportz.com/ufc-like-khabib-and-tony-islam-makhachev-comments-on-the-prospect-of-fight-against-charles-oliveira-likens-it-to-a-fan-favourite-clash-that-never-materialized/ “Like Khabib and Tony” – Islam Makhachev comments on the prospect of a fight against Charles Oliveira, comparing it to a fan-favorite fight that never happened