One of the most interesting and intriguing UFC fights awaits us in the near future. Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira will meet for the lightweight champion title. It should be noted that the Brazilian wanted to cheat and move the rematch with the Russian to November, referring to the damage.
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However, in a recent interview, Oliveira admitted that he was not actually hurt when he tried to push back the date of the fight with Makhachev. He said that he knew that the UFC might decide to fight in Brazil in November. However, Charles’ plan failed. The fight is scheduled for October 21 in Abu Dhabi.
So when will the fight take place?
It seems that everything fell into place, but the famous Russian fighter Rinat Fakhretdinov shared his feeling that the fight between Makhachev and Oliveira would still be rescheduled for another date. He stressed that the Brazilian is not looking forward to fighting the reigning UFC lightweight champion.
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In the first fight, Charles lost in the second round by chokehold. It has been less than a year since then. The support of the home crowd really wouldn’t hurt Oliveira. Will he be able to come up with and still transfer the fight to another number or will the fight take place where it is more convenient for Makhachev?
Islam does not care where to win
In any case, wherever the fight takes place, Makhachev looks like a favorite. He has a 12 fight unbeaten streak in the UFC. In the last fight, the Russian defeated the organization’s featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski by unanimous decision.
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Islam did not approach the battle in the best tone. He didn’t recover well after cutting weight. This made Makhachev look slow and lazy by his own standards. He didn’t show everything he was capable of, but he still won and came close to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s record.
To repeat the achievement of the legendary compatriot in terms of the duration of the unbeaten streak, Makhachev had to win a fight. In total, he spent 25 fights. Only one of them was defeated, in 2015. Since then, Islam has grown remarkably.
The Russian not only improved his fighting skills, but also made significant progress in the standing position. His coach Javier Mendes said that Makhachev is better than Khabib Nurmagomedov in everything that concerns the stands, but worse on the ground. Well, the main thing is that the fighting skills were enough to win the first fight with Oliveira. Makhachev’s victory coefficient is 1.27.
What are Charles’ chances of a rematch?
After the defeat in the battle with Islam, Oliveira took a long time to recover. The Brazilian returned six months later, but in impressive fashion, defeating Beneil Dariush in the first round. The 34-year-old lasted four minutes, after which he flew to a technical knockout.
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However, many had the impression that Dariush was not emotionally prepared for the fight with Oliveira. In a post-game interview, an American with Iranian roots said his body was not complying. Beneil stressed that he saw everything and knew what to do to get ahead of his opponent, but he couldn’t do anything.
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Most likely, the second match with Makhachev will turn out in the same way as the first. The Brazilian approached that meeting in excellent tone. His unbeaten streak in the UFC was 11 fights. Charles defeated Dustin Poirier and Justin Gati, but was unable to oppose Islam.
Oliveira certainly approaches the next fight with less self-confidence. The fact that he is trying to move it to another number already says a lot. The deception is unlikely to help the 33-year-old Brazilian avoid defeat and regain the UFC lightweight championship belt. Bets on his victory are accepted for 4.10.
What to bet?
Wherever the fight takes place, Oliveira looks like an underdog. He lost the first fight and since then seems to have lost confidence. Charles is not as strong on the ground as Islam. Yes, and on the colt he has little chance. You can bet that Makhachev will need less than 2.5 rounds to win with a coefficient of 1.77.
The first fight ended like this. Even not in the best shape, Makhachev managed to defeat Volkanovski. He now has time to recover, plus a once-in-a-lifetime chance to repeat Khabib Nurmagomedov’s record. It seems that the Russian will not miss it.
Tender: total less than 2.5 rounds for a coefficient of 1.77.
Express with a coefficient of 17.85.
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