Per the UFC broadcast, a vacant Lightweight title fight has been made between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev and will take place on October 22nd in the Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi.
A long-awaited fight has finally materialized as Charles 'Do Bronx' Oliveira and Islam Makhachev meet at last. The pair have been widely viewed as the two best Lightweights in the world and have been chirping at each other for months.
Charles Oliveira is coming off of a first-round submission win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 in a fight in which he was stripped of his UFC Lightweight Championship for failing to make weight. He is now riding an 11-fight win streak with 10 finishes and holds the record for most submission wins as well as finishes in UFC history.
Makhachev on the other hand is riding a 10-fight win streak of his own, finishing his last 4 opponents. His most recent bout was a first-round TKO win over Bobby Green at catchweight. He was originally meant to face Beniel Dariush, but Dariush pulled out due to injury.
These two have been calling one another out at every interview since their last fights, and there is certainly heat on this matchup. Both are respectful fighters but have let the other know their plans to utterly dominate them when the time comes. Oliveira feels disrespected by Makhachev and his long-time friend ad former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and has stated that he will silence them both.
The winner of this fight will have an indisputable claim to the best Lightweight in the world and it all goes down at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi.