Gilbert Burns Says Charles Oliveira Can Beat Islam Makhachev With His Superior Striking Skills

Gilbert BurnsUFC Welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns, believes that Charles Oliveira would beat Islam Makhachev due to his striking being better all around than Makhachev’s at this point. Oliveira has gone head to head with some of the best strikers in the lightweight division. The lightweight division has some of the most elite strikers in the […]

Gilbert Burns

UFC Welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns, believes that Charles Oliveira would beat Islam Makhachev due to his striking being better all around than Makhachev’s at this point.

Oliveira has gone head to head with some of the best strikers in the lightweight division. The lightweight division has some of the most elite strikers in the UFC and is one of the most dangerous divisions in the entire sport. Oliveira has had times in all his fights when he out struck Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, and Justin Gaethje in his recent title run and defenses.

Justin Gaethje is known for his striking ability, and Oliveira rocked him in the first 10 seconds of the fight and even knocked him down. Makhachev’s striking is no where close to any of the previous three fighters mentioned, but his ground game and wrestling is one on the best we have ever seen in UFC history.

Gilbert Burns believes that Charles Oliveira may have a hand up in a title fight against Islam Makhachev

“If I was the matchmaker, I would make Islam vs Oliveira for sure,” Burns said in an interview with Helen Yee. “That’s a fight that is very intriguing. I still believe Oliveira can get the win, because his striking. The pressure that he does and the jiu-jitsu. People say all the sambo and hey I got it, but Oliveira is huge for that division…. I think he’s on a different level.”

Burns is ready to see the fight between Oliveira, much like mostly everyone involved in the sport. The only thing that may be holding the UFC back from making the fight at the moment, is the fact that Makhachev has yet to beat a top five ranked fighter in the division. He has also only beaten one top 10 fighter, Dan Hooker on short notice.

Burns himself is coming off an amazing bout against Khamzat Chimaev, that could have easily went either way. Burns is one of the best strikers in his division and he pairs that with phenomenal jiu-jitsu, much like Oliveira does.

Rafael dos Anjos labels Islam Makhachev A ‘P****’, As He Sets His Sights On A Fight With Charles Oliveira.

Rafael dos AnjosThe former UFC Lightweight Champion, Rafael dos Anjos (31-13 MMA) has recently withdrawn his interest to fight the No. 4 ranked lightweight contender, Islam Makhachev (22-1 MMA). The pair have nearly been scheduled to fight in the octagon on multiple occasions before the idea was shelved for the time being by the UFC. The closest […]

Rafael dos Anjos

The former UFC Lightweight Champion, Rafael dos Anjos (31-13 MMA) has recently withdrawn his interest to fight the No. 4 ranked lightweight contender, Islam Makhachev (22-1 MMA).

The pair have nearly been scheduled to fight in the octagon on multiple occasions before the idea was shelved for the time being by the UFC. The closest the fighters have come to making a date official was at UFC 272 in March after Rafael Fiziev – Dos Anjos’s opponent -was forced out of the bout after testing positive for COVID. 

Whist the process of finding a replacement went on, Makhachev offered to fill in and take the fight via his social media. However, there was no physical agreement made, and UFC lightweight veteran, Renato Moicano (16-5-1 MMA) was put forward as the official replacement for the fight.

The 37-year-old is now focused again on his original UFC 272 opponent, Rafael Fiziev. 

Their bout has now been rescheduled for July 9th and Rafael dos Anjos has also had the time to choose the right words he wanted to use to describe Makhachev on his social media.

“Islam is a p****,” dos Anjos told MMA Fighting. “I took the fight. Straight up, he’s a p****. I took the fight, he took the fight. I went to bed, [I] thought I’m going to fight him, and then in the morning he tried to say otherwise. I’m glad Dana White came over and said the truth.”

“He’s trying to play cool and he’s trying to play, ‘I’m going to take the fight’, Dos Anjos continued. “He said 170, I said 165, and they kept [saying] 170. I was 170 when I was speaking to the UFC at the time. I said, ‘I’ll take this fight against Islam at 170, I just want to fight. I haven’t fought in so long, I had a hard training camp, I want to fight anybody.’ Then in the morning, the deal fell out on his side.”

Rafael dos Anjos eyes up a potential title shot by the end of 2022

Rafael dos Anjos’s issue with Makhachev wasn’t that the 30-year-old didn’t take the fight on short notice, but rather that Islam Makhachev volunteered to replace Fiziev only to turn away from the opportunity when the UFC offered him the bout at 170ib.

Ever since returning to the Lightweight division, Dos Anjos has had ambitions of reclaiming his Lightweight gold, although he admits ‘the division is crazy,’ he states that he sees a scenario in which he and another certain native Brazilian go head-to-head in Brazil later this year.

“I heard the UFC is going to do a big show in Brazil in December, and why not Brazil vs. Brazil? Once I get past Fiziev, me against Charles would be a great fight.” (Transcribed by MMAFighting.com)

Do you think Rafael dos Anjos will reclaim his Lightweight gold?

Beneil Dariush Brands Charles Oliveira A “Hypocrite” For Not Fighting Him

Beneil Dariush, Charles OliveiraUFC lightweight Beneil Dariush has fired shots at Charles Oliveira for not taking a fight with him. Having been on the sidelines since his last outing against Tony Ferguson last May, Dariush is swift in recovery from an ankle tear. Although he was expected to fight Islam Makhachev, talks of the showdown fizzled out after […]

Beneil Dariush, Charles Oliveira

UFC lightweight Beneil Dariush has fired shots at Charles Oliveira for not taking a fight with him.

Having been on the sidelines since his last outing against Tony Ferguson last May, Dariush is swift in recovery from an ankle tear. Although he was expected to fight Islam Makhachev, talks of the showdown fizzled out after the sixth-ranked contender provided an update on his injury.

With Oliveira having to vacate his title, the matchmaking for UFC lightweight division has been turned on its head. Dana White had stated that Makhachev would need to dispatch Dariush to get a shot at the title but with no champ in place, things may change very quickly. Dariush was scheduled to take on Oliveira in October 2020 but it never happened as ‘do Bronx’ ended up facing Tony Ferguson in December of that year.

In a recent interview with ESPN MMA, Beneil Dariush talked about Charles Oliveira missing weight, the state of the lightweight division in the UFC, and Islam Makhachev.

“I haven’t had any conversations with the UFC,” Dariush said. “In my mind, if I’m as good as I think I am, if I’m the best in the world, then everybody’s food. All these guys are just food. The only difference is the rotation, like who’s going to be first for me to eat. That’s basically how I look at it.”

“And so, that’s one of the reasons why I’m not like jumping on it, ‘ah, Charles has to give me this fight.’ I could clearly say, ‘hey buddy, you always talk about how the top five never gave you the fight. We were scheduled to fight, we were supposed to fight in October of 2020. You bailed on me and you said family issues. And then in December, you fought Tony Ferguson.

“What the heck, man? You’re being kind of a hypocrite’. If I really cared, that’s kinda how I would come at this. I’d be like, ‘dude, you’re being a hypocrite. You owe me a fight’.

“Pff, I don’t care. Just tell me who’s next and let’s get to work. That’s really how I feel right now. Just annoyed, mostly annoyed is the way I would put it.”

It seems like Beneil Dariush knows what he needs to do to get in a better position to challenge for the title. Although he’s expressed his disappointment with the Brazilian’s treatment, he is willing to wait for the match.

Would you like to see Beneil Dariush fight Charles Oliveira?

Oliveira Thinks Commission, Not UFC, Is To Blame For Missed Weight

Oliveira is speaking out about his missed weight at UFC 274. Charles Oliveira was a dominant fighter coming into UFC 274. He had won ten in a row and was poised to be the lightweight champion for a while if he could continue his streak against Justin Gaethje. However, things change the day before the…

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Oliveira is speaking out about his missed weight at UFC 274.

Charles Oliveira was a dominant fighter coming into UFC 274. He had won ten in a row and was poised to be the lightweight champion for a while if he could continue his streak against Justin Gaethje. However, things change the day before the event.

During weigh-ins for UFC 274, Oliveira missed weight and subsequently was stripped of his title. Because of the miss, he was not eligible to leave the event as lightweight champion, but the show went on regardless.

Oliveira went on to win the fight but left the Footprint Center without the belt. In the meantime, there was a lot of speculation going on about the accuracy of the scale used at the official weigh-ins. Oliveira’s team, as well as many other fighters, spoke out about how they felt the scale was wrong. Even Dana White addressed this issue.

White explained that he believed that athletes touching the scale the night before is what led to the possible inaccuracy, and has made a plan going forward to address this issue.

“There’s so many moving parts to this beast of a machine that we run every week. We gotta have a security guard in there where the scale is now,” White explained. “It’s something we’re gonna have to do.”

Oliveira: “The UFC Is Not To Blame”

Oliveira himself is not placing blame on the UFC if this is fact the case for the official scale. he believes it is the athletic commission’s responsibility to make sure things are in perfect working order.

“I think the UFC is not to blame,” he said in an interview with Canal Encarada via cricketcache.com. “I think it is actually the athletic commission which is responsible for weigh-ins, right? I hit the weight on Thursday on the UFC scale. So that scale was changed, was removed, right?”

Oliveira believes he will be the next man to get a shot at his lost belt although a timeline for that has not been set. One thing he has said about his next title bout is that he hopes it will be in his home country of Brazil.

What are your thoughts on #ScaleGate?

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Makhachev Believes His Win Streak Is Better Than Pre-Reign Oliveira’s

UFC lightweight contender Islam Makhachev is not as impressed with former champion Charles Oliveira as most are. Despite no longer having the 155-pound gold in his possession owing to a much-debated weight debacle pre-UFC 274, Oliveira is still widely recognized as the best lightweight in the UFC, with his championship status protected in the eyes…

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UFC lightweight contender Islam Makhachev is not as impressed with former champion Charles Oliveira as most are.

Despite no longer having the 155-pound gold in his possession owing to a much-debated weight debacle pre-UFC 274, Oliveira is still widely recognized as the best lightweight in the UFC, with his championship status protected in the eyes of many.

To get to this point, “Do Bronx” turned his up-and-down career in the Octagon around with a lengthy and impressive win streak. Among the nine wins that brought him to the top step of the lightweight ladder, Oliveira dispatched names like Clay Guida, Nik Lentz, Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson, and Michael Chandler.

Oliveira has since defended the belt against the heavily-favoured Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 and recorded a first-round submission against Justin Gaethje to secure his status as number one contender.

But despite his fine form and unbeaten run, one fellow top-five lightweight still isn’t impressed with “Do Bronx.”

Makhachev: Oliveira Beat Past-His-Prime Ferguson, I Beat Young Dober & Tsarukyan

During a recent interview with ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto, Makhachev, who has been campaigning for a shot at the vacant title against Oliveira later this year, broke down the Brazilian’s road to gold, and compared it with his own active 10-fight win streak.

While Oliveira added the names of former interim champion Ferguson and three-time Bellator titleholder Chandler to his record while reaching the lightweight mountaintop, the Dagestani believes that his own recent résumé is more impressive than what Oliveira’s was prior to his title reign.

“People say he beat top guys, how? Let’s see his win streak. He beat, before the title fight, Kevin Lee, with like five losses in seven fights,” said Makhachev. “He beat Chandler, who had just one fight in UFC. Who he beat? Tony, whose prime time is finished, three/five years ago. And look at his other opponents, nobody knows these guys.

“But I beat Drew Dober, who is young, he (has) very good striking,” suggested Makhachev. “I beat Arman Tsarukyan, I beat Moisés, who had good win streaks in the UFC.”

While he clearly feels that he already boasts superiority over Oliveira when it comes to their records, Makhachev will look to prove his physical advantages over the Brazilian when they share the Octagon down the line.

If the Dagestani and his mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov get their way, that’ll be happening in Abu Dhabi sooner rather than later.

Whose win streak is more impressive, Islam Makhachev’s or Charles Oliveira’s?

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Khabib Dismisses Oliveira Comparisons: ‘No One Touched Me’

Former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t believe that Charles Oliveira has any business being in the same conversation as him. In 2017, it would have been hard to believe that Oliveira, who boasted an underwhelming 10-8-1 UFC record at the time, would be brought up in divisional GOAT discussions just five years later. But…

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Former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t believe that Charles Oliveira has any business being in the same conversation as him.

In 2017, it would have been hard to believe that Oliveira, who boasted an underwhelming 10-8-1 UFC record at the time, would be brought up in divisional GOAT discussions just five years later. But 11 consecutive wins down the line, and that’s exactly where “Do Bronx” finds himself.

After securing a shot at gold with victories over Kevin Lee and Tony Ferguson, Oliveira provided a memorable crowning when he came from behind to TKO Michael Chandler last May. From there, he upset the odds against Dustin Poirier before emphatically submitting Justin Gaethje in one round earlier this month.

While he may have lost the belt due to a weight miss at UFC 274, Oliveira’s resurgence, form, and talent is undeniable. But not everyone is majorly impressed.

During an interview with ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto, UFC legend Khabib noted that Oliveira has been consistently knocked down by strikes in his recent outings.

“He impressed me, little bit. But, every fight he go down,” reminded Khabib. “This is a little bit bad for him. Every fight he go down, couple times. Last fight, it was how many times? Two, three times knocked down? (Against) Michael Chandler, Dustin Poirier, with Justin Gaethje; he always go down. This is like, little bit (of a) question.”

Citing that as evidence, Khabib practically laughed off those who compare Oliveira with his own legacy forged prior to his retirement.

Khabib On Oliveira Comparisons: “Come On…”

Khabib, widely regarded as one of the leading contenders in the overall GOAT debate, hung up his gloves following his 2020 submission victory over Gaethje. Prior to that, “The Eagle” had defended the lightweight gold against Poirier and former two-division champion Conor McGregor.

Having not only retired with an unblemished 29-0 record, but also with little to no damage, Khabib doesn’t understand the logic behind comparisons with Oliveira, who has fallen to defeat eight times inside the Octagon.

“Nobody ever touched my face, and all the time he go down. People can not compare me versus Charles Oliveira,” asserted Khabib. “He tap in UFC eight times, please, come on. When he (lost to) Jim Miller, Anthony Pettis, Holloway, Felder, it was Charles Oliveira; it was not Khabib.

“If you wanna deserve a name like the greatest lightweight, he have to beat Islam (Makhachev), Beneil (Dariush), couple more guys. Then we can talk,” added Khabib. “He has to be professional, make weight when he has championship belt.”

Nevertheless, Khabib did acknowledge that Oliveira’s ability to turn his career around has been impressive. But while that may be the case, the Dagestani believes that “Do Bronx” has a lot to do before entering the GOAT conversation, including registering a victory over his protégé, Islam Makhachev.

“What he’s doing is very impressive. This is very impressive, how he come back from so many losses, and now he has good ground (game), he has good striking game, knees, elbows, kicks. He looks good,” admitted Khabib. “That’s why I want to see him versus Islam. This is big test for both of them.”

If former champ-champ Daniel Cormier is believed, perhaps Oliveira will be able to prove his superiority over Khabib inside the cage. “DC” recently suggested that the Brazilian could lure “The Eagle” out of retirement by adding a defeat to the record of Makhachev.

How would you compare the legacies of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Charles Oliveira?

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