Charles Oliveira’s coach sends powerful message to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev
by Charles Oliveira Coach Diego Lima has responded to recent requests from Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev. The Dagestanis have called for a fight between Makhachev and Oliveira for the vacant UFC lightweight title in Abu Dhabi in October. However, Lima claimed the fight should take place in Brazil.
Oliveira is coming off a first-round victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 on May 7. “do Bronx” missed weight and was stripped of his UFC lightweight title before the fight. Although he beat Gaethje, he was ineligible to win the belt. Talk to Ag.Wrestling, Diego Lima has weighed in on a possible Oliveira-Makhachev match. An excerpt from the interview has been uploaded to the YouTube channel Brazilian MMA legends, where Lima can be seen saying:
“In fact, I think anything is possible. We work for the UFC. But me… Diego Lima, coach, head coach… A person who tries to take care of Charles’ career as much as possible… why not in Brazil? Charles is the champion. Every day that passes, Charles makes history. So why is Khabib talking about [a fight] against… Makhachev in Abu Dhabi? No, we would like Charles to fight in Brazil. [Translation via Brazilian MMA Legends]
Additionally, mocking those who are adamant that Oliveira must fight Makhachev next, Diego Lima said:
“So let’s go to Brazil. Come fight with us in Brazil.
Watch the clip below:
Lima thinks Oliveira deserves to fight at a stadium in his native Brazil, with everyone cheering him on and watching him win at a local venue.
Watch Lima’s full interview with Ag. Fight in the video below:
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s shadow hangs over Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev
Khabib Nurmagomedov is arguably the greatest UFC lightweight champion in history. “The Eagle” retired from MMA in October 2020 at the height of its heyday and vacated the UFC lightweight title with an undefeated record of 29-0.
Although many have called for Nurmagomedov to return as he is still relatively young, he has always maintained that his mother doesn’t want him to fightwhich is why he bid farewell to professional MMA competition.
Nurmagomedov’s shadow hangs over the lightweight division and a possible Oliveira-Makhachev matchup. Islam Makhachev happens to be Nurmagomedov’s childhood friend and longtime training partner.
Going forward, many see Islam Makhachev as Nurmagomedov’s successor and someone who can continue a similar reign of dominance after Nurmagomedov’s untimely departure, provided he defeats Oliveira later this year.
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