After intense drama on Friday when Charles Oliveira was stripped of the UFC lightweight title for missing weight ahead of his lightweight title defense against Justin Gaethje, the Brazilian submission machine was back to business as usual soon after. the first ringtone from the main event of UFC 274.
Oliveira, the winner of ten straight pre-fight fights and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s successor as UFC lightweight champion, is no longer the organization’s 155-pound titleholder, but his performance leaves no doubt on the fact that he is currently the most dominant lightweight in the world.
The fight was as chaotic as it was brief. Gaethje, the thunder-fisted American wrestler, found success with his strikes early, sending Oliveira to the canvas twice – but he was unwilling to follow him to the mat for fear of getting tangled in the canvas of Oliveira’s submission spider.
Oliveira, however, is a sloppy commodity on the feet and he landed a superb shot that sent Gaethje cascading down his back. From there, the fight was in Oliveira’s wheelhouse.
He first started looking for a modified triangle choke, but when Gaethje offered his back in an attempt to escape, it was the only invitation Oliveira needed.
Victory was secured by a rear-end choke with just over 90 seconds remaining in the first lap.
“There’s something wrong heresaid Oliveira after the conclusive victory. “The champion’s name is Charles Oliveira. I gained weight on Thursday and you took my belt off. I’m a problem for the whole division. I am the champion. It’s my title. It should be here.”
And just like the winner of the other lightweight bout on the card, he called for a showdown with the biggest name in the division.
“Hey, Dana White, you said I didn’t care if I put anyone in front of me,” Oliveira bellowed. “I’m not going to choose. Conor McGregor, are you coming or are you going to run away?”
Oliveira’s 11-game winning streak is quickly becoming legend. That’s just two fewer fights left than the total number of fights Khabib Nurmagomedov has managed in his entire UFC career – and it must also be said that the manner in which he earned his victories over Gaethje and Dustin Poirier was delivered with more ease than the legendary Russian fighter could handle. .
Additionally, Oliveira also holds a win against Tony Ferguson – the fighter who was heralded as Khabib’s biggest challenger but never fought.
Неужели есть более интересный поединок в юфс на данный момент чем Ислам против Чарльза.Просто сведите этих бойцов в Абу-Даби 22 октября.Пусть определится неоспоримый чемпион.@MAKHACHEVMMA@ufc@danawhite
— Khabib Nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) May 8, 2022
Congratulations Charles and see you in AbuDhabi for vacancies 🏆 #UFC274
— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) May 8, 2022
If Oliveira wins in a hypothetical fight against McGregor, especially if he does so sooner than the fourth round in which Khabib did it, it’s time to consider the Brazilian as a contender for the Russian crown as the best weight. lightweight in UFC history.
Nurmagomedov also couldn’t help but be impressed. Writing on Twitter afterwards, he said the fight for the vacant world championship was Oliveira against his longtime sparring partner Islam Makhachev.
“Is there really a more interesting duel in the UFC right now than Islam versus Charles. Just bring these fighters to Abu Dhabi on October 22. Let the undisputed champion be determined,Khabib wrote, via translation.
It would certainly be a fascinating fight, but one suspects that ultimately it would be Charles Oliveira – not Conor McGregor or Tony Ferguson – who would have been the sternest test of Nurmagomedov’s storied career.
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