The former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira recently announced that he won't be participating in the upcoming fight UFC 294 event due to a deep cut above his eye. This was perhaps Oliveira's best opportunity of getting vengeance and reclaiming everything he lost.
He may have to wait for a long time before getting a title shot again. Michael Bisping believes Charles Oliveira did the right thing as it would have been risky for him to compete. Oliveira may return in the early phase of 2024; it will be interesting to see who he ends up fighting next.
Michael Bisping on Charles Oliveira pulling out
In a recent YouTube video, Michael Bisping explained why he thinks Charles Oliveira did the right thing and shared his thoughts on Alexander Volkanovski accepting the fight on two and half weeks' notice.
"If it is a bad cut two, three weeks away, two and a half weeks, yeah listen, you can't compete like that," Bisping said as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. "You can compete with injuries, but a huge cut on the eye, I mean, that's going to be bad.
It's going to open up straight away and that's going to be it. Or maybe he even gets out there and the UFC pull him from the fight straight away". Bisping on Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski: "The danger here for Volkanovski is that if he does lose, and one has got to imagine, let's be honest, that Islam's going to be a huge favorite, Not only has he beaten him once, not only is he the bigger guy, but this is on two and a half weeks' notice.
Regardless of how professional Volkanovski is – because he is. He's always training. The man's an athlete. He takes his job very, very seriously. Still, two and a half weeks, that's not ideal. But the real risk is that if he loses to Islam twice in a row, then he ain't going to get another shot. That's the real risk here. That is what's at stake".
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