The Lightweight division has broken into a frenzy following UFC 274, which took place this past weekend (Sat., May 7, 2022) inside Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Charles Oliveira remains the man with the target on his back, but without the title in his possession after missing weight for his headliner against Justin Gaethje.
Oliveira needed less than one full round to turn back “The Highlight’s” second career UFC title attempt. Finding the rear-naked choke submission at the 3:22 mark, Oliveira forced the tap from Gaethje, extending his incredible 11-fight win streak (watch highlights). Had “Do Bronx” not been stripped of UFC’s Lightweight championship for coming in a half-pound over, the win would have marked his second successful title defense.
Now, the former champ will look to reclaim what he never lost inside the Octagon in his next fight for the vacant 155-pound crown ... it’s just a matter of who that’s against. When suggesting taking on both Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz on the same night, Oliveira was met with a negative reaction from who most view as the deserved next challenger, No. 4-ranked Islam Makhachev.
“@CharlesDoBronxs it’s funny you calling out Nate who hasn’t won a fight in years and same time saying I have to earn something … just say it straight that you scared to lose., your jiu jitsu won’t work in our fight and you know that,” Makhachev tweeted.
Coming to the aid of his fellow Brazilian former titleholder, Rafael dos Anjos quickly fired back at the surging Russian contender.
“Shut up Islam,” Rafael dos Anjos quote tweeted Makhachev. “The only guys scare to lose here it’s you. You got exposed on that fight week by bluff and not taking the fight. Beneil [Dariush] is waiting for you.”
Between Dariush and dos Anjos, both have been scheduled to face Makhachev in recent years with neither bout coming to fruition for various reasons among all three parties. Most recently, Makhachev (22-1) defeated Bobby Green via first round technical knockout in Feb. 2022 (watch highlights), a fight that was originally Dariush’s to decide the next title challenger.
“I was there on Feb 26 for Beniel, and was there twice for you on Oct 24 2020 and Oct 30 21, but you never showed up,” Makhachev responded. “So shut your mouth you mcchicken slap boy.”
“I was there for you twice too, don’t play this game,” dos Anjos said. “You pulled out on fight week once I called your bluff once”
As for dos Anjos, his last fight fell apart, too. Booked to battle Rafael Fiziev, Renato Moicano was inserted into the slot at UFC 272 following a positive COVID-19 testing from Fiziev. The duo of Rafaels are now rebooked to throw down on July 9, 2022.