UFC lightweight contender, Islam Makhachev has claimed that he will finish former undisputed lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira on the ground if they share the Octagon – claiming the Brazilian will “give up” once again.
Islam Makhachev, the current #4 ranked contender at 155lbs, most recently featured in the main event of UFC Vegas 49 back in February, stopping short-notice replacement, Bobby Green with a one-sided first round barrage of ground strikes to score his 10th consecutive win.
Competing four times since March of last year, the American Kickboxing Academy staple submitted the trio of Drew Dober, Thiago Moises, and Dan Hooker, before his February strikes stoppage triumph against Green at the UFC Apex facility.
For Oliveira, the now-former lightweight champion, turned in his division-best 11th straight win at UFC 274 earlier this month, stopping former interim lightweight titleholder, Justin Gaethje with a blistering opening round rear-naked choke. Oliveira entered UFC 274 fight week as the undisputed lightweight champion, however, missed championship weight by half a pound for the fight, resulting in his stripping as gold holder.
Islam Makhachev promises to finish Charles Oliveira on the ground if they fight
Linked with a vacant title fight against Makhachev off the back of his win over Gaethje, Oliveira has been touted to “give up” if he meets with Makhachev in the Octagon – by the former.
“When they drop him (Charles Oliveira) down, nobody goes to the grappling with him,” Islam Makhachev told ESPN MMA. “Nobody holds him there, but we know when someone gives him a hard time he always gives up. I’m gonna take him down, make him tired, and he’s gonna give up like he did 10 times in the UFC.”
“Everybody is scared of his grappling, but I don’t care about his grappling honestly,” Islam Makhachev said. “I grapple with the best grapplers in the world. I grapple with Khabib (Nurmagomedov) all my life. That’s why I don’t care about his grappling. I know I’m gonna take him down, make him tired, and I can finish him there. Everybody says grappling is his area, but I’m gonna finish him in his area. …”
Makhachev stressed that not only a finish over Oliveira would suffice for him – he wants to stop the promotion’s most prolific grappling talent in his own realm.
“Honestly, I believe I can finish this guy, and I really want to finish him in the grappling, in his area, and I know I can do this.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)