Oliveira's coach, Diego Lima: Khabib is doing what he criticized about McGregor



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Oliveira's coach, Diego Lima: Khabib is doing what he criticized about McGregor

The UFC currently has no lightweight champions. It was supposed to be Charles Oliveira, but due to a fall on the scales before the match against Justin Gaethje, he was left without a belt even though he won that fight. Oliveira's coach, Diego Lima, spoke about what is next for the former champion: "Charles did three belt disputes in 12 months, he is coming from an 11-fight win streak, has beaten all the submission records in UFC history," an exasperated Lima professed.

"If UFC is planning to make an event in Sao Paulo or Rio [in] December, it would make all sense to have him here leading this card. I can guarantee if they make Charles and Conor [McGregor] in Sao Paulo, UFC fans will see the most exciting and noisy crowd in UFC history."

If there is no fight against McGregor, Oliveira and his team will have their eyes on Islam Makhachev. "Both McGregor or Makhachev would make sense," Lima admitted. "Our plan A would be Conor in Brazil in December; Plan B, New York [in] November; and the last choice would be Abu Dhabi [in] October.

Charles is coming from four wars against top-five contenders. Makhachev just faced one top 10 until now, [so] why should Charles go to Abu Dhabi, which is almost [Islam’s] hometown, to face him there? What did Makhachev do to have such a big advantage over a guy who beat all UFC records and got his belt stripped due to a mistake of the athletic commission?" He did not miss the opportunity to criticize Khabib: "Khabib was always recognized as an example of someone who doesn't talk, but makes and also for hating trash talkers,” the coach stated.

“Now he is doing exactly what he criticized about McGregor. If he is so sure that Makhachev will beat Charles, why [doesn’t he] send a ‘double contract’ guaranteeing he would face Charles in case of Islam’s loss?"