The former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira disappointed many fans worldwide by announcing that he is pulling out of the rematch against Islam Makhachev. Oliveira explained why he has pulled out. Apparently, during a sparring session, he got a deep cut on his eyebrows; it was a severe injury due to which he was forced to withdraw from the upcoming event.
The good news is that Islam Makhchev quite immediately found a new opponent; he will be fighting Alexander Volkanovski for the rematch.
An equally exciting match-up that has swapped disappointment with excitement. Khabib recently shared his thoughts on the last-minute opponent replacement.
Khabib on Alexander Volkanovski vs Islam Makhachev 2
In a recent Instagram video, Khabib spoke about Charles Oliveira pulling out and explained why it makes no difference.
“Islam is a world champion right now,” Nurmagomedov said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “If somebody can make 155 and UFC says this guy is a contender, who cares? It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter who.
If King Kong can make 155, OK, bring this guy here. It doesn’t matter. I told Islam today morning, ‘Brother, it doesn’t matter. You’re the world champion.’ Volk, Charles, (Dustin) Poirier, Justin (Gaethje), it doesn’t matter.
It’s supposed to be Charles, OK. He pulled out, but we already beat him, and we don’t care about this. If they want Volk again, first fight was very good, very competitive fight, but we know and their team knows we win unanimous decision.
It was not even split decision. It was unanimous decision. Yes, Volk was looking good in that fight, but he lose, and he knows, his team knows, and all the world knows he lose. OK, they want to bring him again, bring him again.
We here. Islam almost on weight, on point, he’s ready to go. We have five more hard days for training, and we ready for Abu Dhabi”.
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