Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev Bout is confirmed for lightweight title in October
On October 22 at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, two of the greatest grapplers in the UFC, Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev, will compete for the lightweight championship.
Although Makhachev has not yet signed, his manager Ali Abdelaziz indicated that the player had already verbally agreed to the terms. Former champion Charles Oliveira, who missed weight for UFC 274 and was disqualified on May 6, posted a pen emoji on Twitter on Saturday to show that he had signed.
Since finishing Justin Gaethje at UFC 274, Oliveira has been pushing for a rematch with former champion Conor McGregor, but it does not look that McGregor would be available at this moment. With a title on the line, a bout between Oliveira and McGregor would undoubtedly bring in a lot of money.
Oliveira defeated Gaethje for his eleventh consecutive victory. He has won through decision over Tony Ferguson, knocked out Michael Chandler, and submitted both Dustin Poirier and Gaethje in his last four fights.
Makhachev is 22-1, and since losing to Adriano Martins at UFC 192 on October 3, 2015, he has won 10 consecutive bouts by TKO. His last bout was only his second in the UFC.
Makhachev has won his last four fights by submission against Drew Dober, Thiago Moises, and Dan Hooker, and by knockout against Bobby Green.
Abdelaziz has been quite public about his conviction that Makhachev is the finest grappler in the UFC, despite the fact that Oliveira has fought stronger competition.