“Khabib Made It Happen”, says Charles Oliveira of Makhachev's title shot
by FARUK IMAMOVIC | VIEW 267
UFC 280 awaits us this weekend, an event that has been intensively talked about for months. As things stand at the moment, it could be the best show of the year because, in addition to a handful of excellent fights, we will finally get a lightweight champion after almost half a year.
Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev are fighting for that prestigious place, and the event is held in Abu Dhabi. One of the things that is often debated is whether Islam Makhach deserves a title shot after his wins over Dan Hooker and Bobby Green, who is not a ranked fighter at all.
There are many arguments for each side, and Charles Oliveira revealed which side he belongs to:
Oliveira stated the following in a discussion of Makhachev
“He is very smart with his game. However, he’s been surfing a wave that’s not his, but Khabib’s.
That’s the truth. This match is happening because Khabib made it happen. Not by Islam’s own merit. Because in my opinion, he should be fighting a ‘Top five’ contender. Who’s the ranked contender that Islam fought? No one”.
“In reality, I think that he has his merits. He has been on a long winning streak. If I’m not mistaken, it has been 11 in a row, right? Or something like that. But, on the other hand, Khabib [Nurmagomedov] also has a huge weight.
Having that man on your back, whether you like it or not, gives it weight. He retired undefeated and all the history of what he has done. “So, whether you like it or not, it does have weight. But in my mind, I think that he should have to do one more fight in order to fight for the belt." We just have to wait until Saturday night to see who the new lightweight king is.
The event takes place according to our time, so we have no doubt that every martial arts fan glued to the small screens will follow the events in Abu Dhabi.