Oliveira has calm response to Makhachev's UFC 280 doubts

Oliveira has calm response to Makhachev’s UFC 280 doubts

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UFC’s top lightweight contender Charles Oliveira has a message for Islam Makhachev amid the latter’s recent claims that he won’t show up at UFC 280.

Oliveira will face Makhachev for the now vacant lightweight title at UFC 280 on October 22. He vacated the belt ahead of his last fight at UFC 274 due to a botched weight cut the day before his victory over Justin Gaethje.

Oliveira and Makhachev showed mutual respect but also pushed each other a bit before their clash. Makhachev, in particular, took aim at Oliveira saying the former champion will not show up at UFC 280.

In light of these accusations, Oliveira has complied with Makhachev’s request and appears to be on his way to Fight Island.

Charles Oliveira crushes Islam Makhachev’s UFC 280 theory

In a recent instagram postOliveira seems to end Makhachev’s theory.

“Calm down, dad is coming,” Oliveira posted. “Hello Abu Dhabi.”

Oliveira won the then vacant title against Michael Chandler at UFC 262 before defending it against Dustin Poirier last December. He won the belt after Makhachev’s mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov left it and retired in 2020.

Makhachev has won 10 straight and has been on a roll with recent finishes against Dan Hooker, Thiago Moisés and Bobby Green. He will have the opportunity to win UFC gold in front of what will likely be a sold-out crowd in Abu Dhabi.

Beneil Dariush is the official replacement for Oliveira/Makhachev, although it looks like he won’t be needed at this time as the fighters arrive ahead of UFC 280.

What is your prediction for Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev?

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