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Islam Makhachev states Charles Oliveira doesnt believe he is able to win at UFC 280: I’m terrible fight for everyone

Charles Oliveira, Islam Makhachev, UFC 280

Lightweight contender Islam Makhachev believes that Charles Oliveira isnt confident heading into UFC 280.

Both lightweights are set to square off in October with gold at risk. The Brazilian famously lost his titles back on the scale in-may. Oliveira missed weight for his UFC 274 headliner against Justin Gaethje and was stripped of his championship.

The UFC 280 booking wasnt something the former champion wanted. Oliveira has admitted he preferred a matchup with Conor McGregor, instead of fighting the Russian. The 32-year-old later stated he only accepted the fight with Makhachev, for a matchup with The Notorious down the road.

Islam Makhachev views Charles Oliveiras comments as an indicator of lacking confidence. Within an interview with ESPN MMAs Brett Okamoto, the lightweight stated that the Brazilian is afraid heading into UFC 280.

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The Russian stated that his belief originates from the former champion refusing to call him out. Instead, Oliveira targeted the matchup with Conor McGregor. In Makhachevs viewpoint, that presents too little confidence heading to their title encounter. He also believes hes a negative matchup for Oliveira and all of those other division.

Charles Oliveira, Conor McGregor
Charles Oliveira (via @ESPNMMA)

I dont think [he believes he is able to win], Makhachev said. Because, you understand, when he beat [Michael] Chandler, he never say my name, you understand? He say Dustin Poirier, but he never say my name. Nate Diaz, he called [out] Nate Diaz. He called [out] Conor [McGregor] often, but never said my name. (h/t MMANews)

He knows its gonna be I’m hard fight for everyone because I’ve always same plan: take them down, hold him there, [smash]. I’m terrible fight for everyone, Makhachev added. Everyone knows this.

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