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Khabib: Potential Oliveira vs. Makhachev UFC title fight is a bit like me vs. Ferguson

UFC 249 Khabib v Ferguson: Press Conference Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Charles Oliveira successfully defended his Lightweight title for the first time this past weekend (Sat., Dec. 11, 2021) at UFC 269, submitting Dustin Poirier in the third round of their championship bout (see it). If all goes as planned, “Do Bronx” will defend his title next against Justin Gaethje sometime in 2022.

In the meantime, Islam Makhachev is working his way toward his first-ever shot at winning UFC gold, and if he defeats Beneil Dariush on Feb. 27, it all but ensures he will face the winner of Oliveira vs. Gaethje.

And that is the scenario Khabib Nurmagomedov is envisioning.

“Right now is Charles Oliveira time,” Nurmagomedov told ESPN (via MMA Junkie) about Oliveira’s win. “He impressed me, and I really believe he is one of the best fighters in the world right now and best Lightweight in the world. It’s going to be a very interesting fight if next fight Islam wins and Charles wins, and they’re going to fight end of the next year. It’s going to be a great fight.”

Of course, Gaethje would love nothing more than to spoil “The Eagle’s” vision. If not, Oliveira vs. Makhachev would pit two of the absolute best 155-pound grapplers in the world against each other. According to Khabib, a potential fight between them is eerily similar to his own scheduled fight against Tony Ferguson that never saw the light of day.

“It’s going to be a little bit like Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib, you know – Islam vs. Charles Oliveira,” Khabib explained. “They both win. Right now, (Oliveira) has (a) 10-(fight) win streak. If Islam wins next fight, Islam is going to have 10-fight win streak.

“An 11-fight win streak, Charles Oliveira – it’s going to be great, great fight for both of them and for UFC for sure,” he concluded. “I really (hope) they both win and they fight end of the next year.”

Let’s just hope that potential scrap doesn’t suffer the same fate “The Eagle” vs. “El Cucuy” did ... on more than one occasion.