Oliveira, euphoric before his fight with Makhachev

Charles Oliveira is elated at weigh-in ahead of his fight with Islam Makhachev for the UFC lightweight title. This Saturday, October 22 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the Brazilian fighter and the Russian will face each other in a long-awaited fight to become the monarch of the category at UFC 280. Islam Makhachev, the disciple of Khabib Nurmagomedov, is the favorite to strap on.

The tension is felt in the environment since the fight was announced. Charles Oliveira is a champion without a crown. The Brazilian beat Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 in a fight that didn’t last four minutes, but he missed the scale and lost the title. He states that he is the champion and that the fight will be one more title defense in his career. This will be his fourth consecutive fight with the lightweight title on the line. One of his most notable fights was defending the belt against Dustin Poirier, whom he submitted in the third round. Su Bronx He has achieved 21 victories by submission and 9 by KO, in addition to coming from an 11-fight win streak. The champion wants to remain so and will show it in the octagon.

The rival that he will have in front of him will not make it easy for him. Islam Makhachev is the disciple of Khabib Nurmagomedov, and he appointed him as his successor after his retirement. Both fighters have had a very close relationship for many years. The Russian fighter enters the fight as a favorite. He is coming off a 10 fight win streak and has only lost one fight since he has been in the UFC. He has posted 10 wins by submission and 4 by KO. These are incredible numbers that make anyone who wants to face him tremble. The former world champion in sambo is clear about how he will beat Oliveira: he wants to take the fight to the ground. He is not scared by the Brazilian’s extraordinary jiu-jitsu skills.

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The dispute over the vacant belt will be very close. At the weigh-in you could feel the tension between the two fighters. They also felt the desire of both to tighten the belt. There is less and less left for us to see which of the two will leave Abu Dhabi with the lightweight title.

Sterling and Dillashaw for the bantamweight belt

The clash between Oliveira and Makhachev will not be the only title at stake on Saturday night. Another of the most anticipated fights of the UFC 280 is the confrontation between Aljamain Sterling and TJ Dillashaw, who will fight for the bantamweight belt.

In the co-main event of the night, Sterling will defend his bantamweight belt for the second time. At UFC 273 he retained the title after defeating Petr Yan, whom he defeated by split decision. The Funk Master He is coming off a 7 win streak. Challenger TJ Dillashaw is coming off a split decision win over Cory Sandhagen in his return to bantamweight.

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