Islam Makhachev has reiterated fears that Charles Oliveira won’t flip as much as their showdown in Abu Dhabi
Ex-UFC light-weight champion Charles Oliveira took to Instagram to handle rumors he won’t present up for the primary occasion at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi on October 22.
Oliveira was stripped of the 155 lb title on the scales forward of UFC 274, after coming in half a pound over.
Ending his opponent Justin Gaethje in entrance of his house followers in Phoenix, the Brazilian arrange a mouthwatering conflict with rising contender Islam Makhachev for the vacant strap.
Trying to play thoughts video games with the Sao Paulo native, Makhachev, who has 29-0 light-weight legend Khabib Nurmagomedov in his nook, has always doubted that Oliveira will make combat night time and reiterated these claims earlier than the weekend.
“Two weeks earlier than the combat, [and] Charles and his crew [are] not in Abu Dhabi but … ought to I begin [to] fear?” the Dagestani requested on Twitter, sharing a picture of a headline and subhead that claimed ‘Do Bronx’ would contact down within the UAE 20 days earlier than the present.
On Instagram on Saturday, Oliveira coolly addressed Makhachev not directly. He uploaded a photograph of himself in a blue go well with and sun shades at ringside, holding up an official UFC 280 octagon-shaped card which learn: “I’m coming to Abu Dhabi.”EditDelete
Within the caption, Oliveira wrote in Portuguese: “Calm, Calm. Daddy is on his approach.”
“Hey, Abu Dhabi,” he added, together with a string of smileys holding a finger as much as their mouth.
A few hours later, he then posted a photograph of himself and his crew in Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos Worldwide Airport claiming to be on their strategy to UFC 280.
The build-up to the primary occasion there has seen forwards and backwards bickering between the 2 camps, with Oliveira predicting that perceived “conceitedness” about beating him will “kill” Makhachev and Nurmagomedov.
“I’m going to your own home, my pal, to combat towards you [Makhachev] and make historical past and proceed because the light-weight champion. Hear effectively to what I’m saying to you. Your conceitedness will kill you and drown you,” Oliveira warned in a rant to Brazilian media.
“You’re speaking numerous s**t, criticizing [me] and saying numerous issues. And I’m simply right here minding my very own enterprise and respecting [you] like I’ve all the time carried out with all of you.
“However concentrate – every thing that you just’ve stated within the media is coming [your way]. So don’t complain later. That’s all I’ve to say,” Oliveira added.
Makhachev and Nurmagomedov’s agent, Ali Abdelaziz, went on Twitter to try to defuse the row.
“I simply heard you stated we’re smug. We all know you’re an excellent champion and [a] nice human being, we all know you’re very robust,” the Egyptian tweeted, tagging Oliveira.
“This isn’t private,” Abdelaziz insisted. “October 22, it will be an excellent combat and we are going to see who’s the champion.”