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Khabib Nurmagomedov is lobbying for his teammate Islam Makhachev to challenge for the UFC lightweight title next. That would mean a matchup between Makhachev and former 155-pound champion Charles Oliveira, who saw his title vacated after missing weight for a defense against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274. A fight that Oliveira ending up winning with a first-round submission.
It’s unknown at this time if that is the fight that UFC will be making for the vacant title, but it makes the most sense. Khabib and team are confident in their chances of Makhachev’s grappling being too much for Oliveira. Nurmagomedov believes so much in Islam’s ground game that he’s willing to have the fight take place in Brazil so Makhachev can beat Oliveira in his own discipline.
“This is not Islam or Khabib’s organization, this is UFC [and] they have owners. They make these decisions,” Nurmagomedov told Ag. Fight. “Ok, if they say Brazil, we’ll love this. Come to Brazil, fight with Brazilian champion and finish him with Brazilian jiu-jitsu style. I love this. What you think about this? It’s gonna be hard?
“I really believe Islam can finish him on the ground. I really believe this. Now you guys gonna judge me because Islam, but who cares? Who cares? If they say Brazil, OK, let’s go Brazil. Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo.”
Khabib remembered the first and only time he fought in Brazil and how the fans turned once he won in dramatic fashion. He believes the same can happen to Makhachev.
“I fight one time in Sao Paulo, Thiago Tavares,” Nurmagomedov said. “It was very short fight, one and a half minute, boom. Before fight everybody said I was gonna die. After fight, everybody take picture with me. It’s gonna be same thing with Islam and Charles Oliveira.”
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I respect the sh*t out @alexvolkanovski, but I know I can challenge him. It's the challenge that excites me. I want to make history. Let's make it happen #UFC276 #C4https://t.co/vt2kPautVM pic.twitter.com/pKd3uC0AF7— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) July 4, 2022
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