Charles Oliveira Sets Sights On Rematch With Islam Makhachev In 2023

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Charles Oliveira Sets Sights On Rematch With Islam Makhachev In 2023

In a highly-anticipated matchup, Charles Oliveira, formerly reputed as the best lightweight fighter in the world, suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Islam Makhachev in the tenth month of 2022. The Brazilian fighter, commonly known as "Do Bronx," was overpowered by Makhachev in the second round, with the Russian forcing Oliveira to tap out.

The defeat was particularly devastating for Oliveira, as his greatest strength lies in his grappling and submission abilities. Makhachev, however, was able to defeat Oliveira with his own formidable ground game, and in doing so, claimed the UFC lightweight title.

Many are left wondering what led to Oliveira's underwhelming performance. Some speculate that the frequent appearances in high-stakes fights may have taken a toll on his stamina, while others suggest that the increased popularity may have dulled his "hunger" for victory.

Still others argue that Makhachev is simply a superior fighter.

Oliveira, for his part, remains determined to redeem himself.

"With all due respect, I had 10 minutes off on a bad night," he said. "I wouldn’t change anything to fight Islam Makhachev.

This fight will happen again. Be sure of that, this fight will happen. I’ll fight in April or May, no matter who that is, and God will bless me with a win, and I’ll have my rematch with Islam Makhachev by the end of the year." It is worth noting that the event took place in Brazil, where the UFC had not held a fight since the third month of 2020.

Oliveira revealed that he was offered the opportunity to fight on the card, but ultimately decided against it. "There’s no point coming in thirsty and not thinking with the head, to think with the heart," he said. "If I were to think with my heart I would definitely be part of this card.

It was offered a fight, and I thought quite a lot about it, but the timing is fighting in May and maybe fight for the title in Sao Paulo by the end of the year. Let’s make it happen."