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Reigning UFC champion Islam Makhachev spoke about his expectations of the upcoming rematch with Oliveira KXan 36 Daily News

Date: April 24, 2024 Time: 09:03:18

Oliveira knocked out Beneil Dariush in a potential challenger fight at UFC 289 in Vancouver in the first round. Thus, he returned to the game after losing to Makhachev in October of last year, when he lost by triangle of the arm choke in a duel for the vacant championship belt.

To defend his title, Islam must enter the Octagon on October 21 at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi. This is the most anticipated event of the fall. But who will be his opponent? Charles Oliveira, who came out in third place in the number of wins in UFC history (22), definitely upped his chances. But he is still not the only candidate. The winner of the upcoming Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje fight can also fight Makhachev. Or Alex Volkanovski, whom the Russian won by unanimous decision in February 2023.

Although Makhachev congratulated Oliveira on his victory, he did not fail to point out his superiority: “Congratulations, Charles! But there are still different levels in this game!” – wrote the Russian on social networks. However, this rematch would be interesting. As UFC President Dana White said: “Let’s not play games. This rematch makes sense, it’s a fight that needs to happen and I’ll be happy to see it again.”

Javier Mendez, who heads Islam Makhachev’s coaching staff, also believes that Oliveira deserved a rematch.

– I was hoping Beneil would win. But she didn’t expect Oliveira to be so damn good and trusting. Personally, I think Charles has done enough to be first in line, but the UFC may have a different opinion. There are candidates Poirier, Geydzhi, Volkanovski. Others simply do not make sense, – said the American specialist in an interview with Submission Radio. – It all depends on who the UFC wants to see as a contender. Islam will fight whoever they name.

By the way, Islam himself hinted that he would not mind taking the welterweight title from Britain’s Leon Edwards and becoming the strongest two-time league champion in the world.

– The second championship belt is my dream, and I am sure that I can become a double champion, – said the Russian in an interview with Daniel Cormier. – I can beat Leon Edwards. Just give me a chance and that’s it. Maybe when I take the second title they will put me in the first line of the ranking, regardless of the weight class.

This is another shot at Islam, but for promotion. Recall that both the belt and the pound-for-pound lead were at stake in the fight with Volkanovski. However, Makhachev came in second.

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Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor is a full-time editor for ePrimefeed covering sports and movie news.
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