With Charles Oliveira beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 but leaving without the gentle-weight title, dilapidated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is now pushing for his fighter to gain the following shot at the belt.
Despite a blistering first-round submission victory, Oliveira is technically now the No. 1 contender at 155 pounds after he passed over weight for Saturday’s headliner. In the intervening time, Islam Makhachev is using a 10-fight a success wander of his possess, which comprises four straight finishes over Bobby Green, Dan Hooker, Thiago Moises and Drew Dober.
Whereas Makhachev has been rumored for a fight in opposition to Beneil Dariush later this year, Nurmagomedov argues that there’s handiest one fight that makes sense.
“Dana White, you’ve no diversified different but construct Oliveira vs. Islam fight in Abu Dhabi, October 22,” Nurmagomedov wrote on Twitter. “Good date, perfect enviornment, perfect opponents with perfect a success streaks — 10 versus 11.”
@danawhite you’ve no diversified different but construct Oliveira vs Islam fight in AbuDhabi 22 October.
Good date, Good enviornment,Good opponents with perfect a success streaks 10 vs 11.@MAKHACHEVMMA @ufc
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) May presumably well well 8, 2022
Makhachev has pushed for an October return, which traces up neatly with an anticipated UFC match on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi this plunge.
Following a take over Green in February, Makhachev handed on a temporary-mediate opportunity to face ex-gentle-weight champion Rafael dos Anjos correct days later when he essential an opponent at UFC 272. That resulted in White declaring he silent essential to battle via Dariush to construct a title shot.
Nurmagomedov doesn’t mediate that’s well-known, especially with the gentle-weight title sitting vacant.
“Why Islam Makhachev has to attain contender fight if there’s no champion in this division,” Nurmagomedov wrote.
Whereas it’s complicated to argue with the common sense mad by the fresh title scenario, Oliveira has completely established himself because the excellent gentle-weight within the UFC no topic the belt.
Oliveira moreover engaged in a lend a hand-and-forth war with Gaethje earlier than securing basically the well-known-round enact, so he might possibly moreover need shatter day earlier than returning. On the opposite hand, October is silent 5 months away.
Dariush will moreover possess something to explain about this thought as neatly, mad by he’s on a seven-fight a success wander with four finishes by knockout or submission. He moreover has a pair of signature wins on his resume over Diego Ferreira and Tony Ferguson that establish apart him within the identical flee as Makhachev.
At this time, the UFC has made no resolution about what will occur with the gentle-weight title diversified than declaring Oliveira as one in all the following two opponents to scenario for the belt.