Coach: Charles Oliveira Rejected Rematch With Islam Makhachev

Former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira is not going to be fighting in front of his home country at the start of 2023. The UFC is returning to Rio, Brazil for the first time in four years but one of Brazil’s biggest stars will not be on …

Former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira is not going to be fighting in front of his home country at the start of 2023. The UFC is returning to Rio, Brazil for the first time in four years but one of Brazil’s biggest stars will not be on the card. Charles Oliveira is coming off a…

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Charles Oliveira’s coach explains why they declined an immediate Islam Makhachev rematch in Brazil: “It’s way beyond physical.”

Charles Oliveira Islam MakhachevThe former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira was offered an instant rematch against the Dagestani wrestler Islam Makhachev. This fight was offered to the Brazilian fighter for UFC 283 in January 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ‘Do Bronx’ Charles Oliveira declined the match. The two lightweight fighters just battled in the main event of […]

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The former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira was offered an instant rematch against the Dagestani wrestler Islam Makhachev. This fight was offered to the Brazilian fighter for UFC 283 in January 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

‘Do Bronx’ Charles Oliveira declined the match. The two lightweight fighters just battled in the main event of UFC 280 with Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s protege Makhachev winning via submission. Up to that loss, Oliveira was on an 11-fight win streak in just five years.

Instead, Islam Makhachev will be defending his lightweight title against the the UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284 on February 2023 in Perth, Australia.

Why did Charles Oliveira decline the Islam Makhachev rematch?

Charles Oliveira’s coach and manager Diego Lima, while speaking to Super Lutas, explained that Oliveira is under tremendous emotional stress. Lima explained:

“I talked it over with Charles. He’s not injured, but there’s an emotional stress. It’s way beyond physical. Charles is the only fighter that has faced all the top 5 guys within a year. Champs normally hide, they want to fight once a year. That’s not Charles, but Rio is way too close now. We prefer to give Charles a well-deserved vacation.” [Transcript and translation courtesy of Bloody Elbow]

Lima also added that he and Oliveira are very happy with the treatment they have received from the UFC. He continued:

“When we were going to face Makhachev we showed a lot of interest in fighting him in Rio. One week after [UFC 280], the UFC got in touch with us. They gave us the opportunity to fight [Makhachev] in Rio. They have always been really good to us. We have really good talks. It was up to us to accept or not.”

One Brazilian who will be fighting at UFC 283 is Johnny Walker, who takes on Paul Craig. Check out our interview with the dynamic striker ahead of his exciting clash with the ‘Bearjew’ below:

Khabib States If Volkanovski Is Harder Fight For Makhachev Than Oliveira

Khabib Nurmagomedov and the rest of Islam Makhachev’s team have another tough test on their hands in Alexander Volkanovski. Makhachev earned the UFC lightweight title by defeating Charles Oliveira at UFC 280 last month. He submitted Oliveira in R…

Khabib Nurmagomedov and the rest of Islam Makhachev’s team have another tough test on their hands in Alexander Volkanovski. Makhachev earned the UFC lightweight title by defeating Charles Oliveira at UFC 280 last month. He submitted Oliveira in Round 1 to complete a remarkable run in the division. Makhachev will now face Volkanovski in a…

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Kevin Lee extremely impressed that Islam Makhachev was able to submit Charles Oliveira: “Exceeded all expectations.”

kevin lee ufc 280 Islam Makhachev‘The Motown Phenom’ Kevin Lee recently discuss the UFC lightweight world title showdown between Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira. Kevin Lee spoke with James Lynch and was most impressed with the marketing machine the UFC put together for UFC 280. Lee explained: “Yeah, I mean, that was a great fight, great fight. I think they […]

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‘The Motown Phenom’ Kevin Lee recently discuss the UFC lightweight world title showdown between Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira.

Kevin Lee spoke with James Lynch and was most impressed with the marketing machine the UFC put together for UFC 280. Lee explained:

“Yeah, I mean, that was a great fight, great fight. I think they set that fight up perfectly, you know. I think having Charles [Oliveira] go to the Middle East to do that fight was a genius move.”

Kevin Lee impressed by Islam Makhachev

When Lee was competing in the UFC, he had a losing fight against Brazil’s Oliveira in 2020, so he understands clearly how skilled Oliveira is. This just adds how impressive Islam Makhachev’s win over the former world champion was. Lee explained:

“I feel like [Islam Makhachev] exceeded all expectations. You know, he did way better in the grappling than I expected. He looked a whole lot stronger out there. And Charles looked off and looked upset at the result.”

Before the UFC 280 fight went down, Lee struggled to make a pick between the two. He said:

“That was really one of the fights where I didn’t predict it. And I really didn’t put any prediction into my head. Because I knew that that fight could go either way. Those guys are both very, very skilled. Their styles just match up real good. I knew whoever was going to win the grappling was going to win the fight.”

Kevin was an active fighter in the UFC lightweight division from 2014 to 2021. Most recently, he fought in Eagle FC.

See the full interview below:

Charles Oliveira trains alongside McLaren F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo prior to Brazil Grand Prix

Charles OliveiraOne superstar joined another this past week as Charles Oliveira welcomed McLaren racing driver, Daniel Ricciardo, to the Chute Boxe training centre for a session. Not the typical type of practice Ricciardo would be used to getting as he prepares to compete at the Brazilian Grand Prix this upcoming weekend. This will be one of […]

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One superstar joined another this past week as Charles Oliveira welcomed McLaren racing driver, Daniel Ricciardo, to the Chute Boxe training centre for a session.

Not the typical type of practice Ricciardo would be used to getting as he prepares to compete at the Brazilian Grand Prix this upcoming weekend. This will be one of Ricciardo’s last appearances under the McLaren banner as he and the organisation have agreed to part ways at the end of the season.

And therefore, it seems he has recruited some extra help to make this tenth appearance at the Interlagos racetrack one to remember.

Watch below as the former lightweight world champion trained alongside Ricciardo in a session hitting pads down in Sao Paulo.

Charles Oliveira welcomes an overdue break following UFC 280 defeat

Despite already being back inside the gym as seen in the footage above. Charles Oliveira is in no rush to return to the octagon after he was unable to regain his UFC lightweight title at UFC 280, suffering a submission defeat to Islam Makhachev.

During his title campaign from acquisition to his most recent defeat, ‘Do Bronx’ had competed four times in fifteen months and is now understandably in need of some time away from the octagon as he plans his route back to the lightweight title.

Rumours had circulated that the former champion had already plotted a quick return to action with a matchup against a rising contender in Rafael Fiziev poised for UFC 283 in Brazil. However, Oliveira declined the opportunity citing he needed some time to rest.

Fellow lightweight contenders Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier will return to action this upcoming weekend against each other at UFC 281 as they both begin their journeys back into title contention.

Oliveira earnt victories over the two previously mentioned contenders and given his most recent one coming against Justin Gaethje, it leaves just Beneil Dariush in the top five whom he has yet to be matched up against.

Provided the timeline is fitting for both men a matchup between the #1 and #4 lightweights seems perfectly fitting for both men as they

Would you like to see Charles Oliveira take on Beneil Dariush when he returns?

Justin Gaethje reveals he suffered vicious bike accident ahead of May title fight against Charles Oliveira

Justin GaethjeFormer interim UFC lightweight titleholder, Justin Gaethje has revealed he suffered a vicious bike accident in the days ahead of his May undisputed lightweight title fight against Charles Oliveira, resulting in vision issues after he banged his head on the sidewalk and suffered from road rash. Gaethje, the current #3 ranked lightweight contender, has been […]

Justin Gaethje

Former interim UFC lightweight titleholder, Justin Gaethje has revealed he suffered a vicious bike accident in the days ahead of his May undisputed lightweight title fight against Charles Oliveira, resulting in vision issues after he banged his head on the sidewalk and suffered from road rash.

Gaethje, the current #3 ranked lightweight contender, has been sidelined since the May loss to Oliveira, and recently underwent a surgical procedure to address a longstanding nose fracture. 

Headlining the Arizona event in a home soil return, Gaethje dropped Oliveira twice in the opening round via strikes, however, was submitted with a rear-naked choke after Oliveira replied and scored a knockdown of his own on him.

Justin Gaethje reveals he was involved in a bike accident ahead of his UFC 274 headliner

Entering the main event clash as the only eligible party to clinch the undisputed lightweight crown after former champion, Oliveira missed weight by half a pound for the clash, Justin Gaethje revealed he also experienced some real adversity ahead of the headliner, in the form of a bike accident.

“My dumbass, 18 days before I fought Charles (Oliveira), I was riding my bicycle to the gas station to get some nicotine pounces and I had like a vicious crash on my bike,” Justin Gaethje told assembled media ahead of UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden. “Smoked my head off the road, road rash all down my back, and then go in there and take that damage I took in that fight. That’s why I’m taking so much time off.”

Linked with a start-of-year Octagon comeback, Gaethje has been tied to a potential fight against surging lightweight contender, Rafael Fiziev – with the latter also recently undergoing a surgical procedure to address a nose break of his own. 

In his most recent victory back in November of last year, ONX Labs mainstay, Gaethje landed a unanimous decision win over Michael Chandler at the aforenoted, Madison Square Garden.