Diego Lima Advocates for Charles Oliveira as Islam Makhachev’s Next Lightweight Challenger

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Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev
Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev (UFC)

Coach Diego Lima has asserted that Charles Oliveira is the most suitable challenger for Islam Makhachev’s lightweight title following Arman Tsarukyan’s suspension. In an interview with Ag Fight, Lima emphasized that with Tsarukyan sidelined, Oliveira stands alone as the deserving contender in the division. Both Oliveira and Lima are eager for this opportunity, seeing no other viable contenders currently available.

Oliveira previously faced Makhachev in October 2022 for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship, where he succumbed to a second-round arm-triangle choke. Since that defeat, Oliveira has secured a TKO victory over Beneil Dariush but suffered a split decision loss to Tsarukyan. Despite these ups and downs, Oliveira remains a top contender due to his past achievements and recent performances.

Coach Diego Lima
Coach Diego Lima (UFC)

Makhachev, however, has expressed disinterest in rematches with Dustin Poirier or potential bouts with Michael Chandler, casting doubt on other possible matchups. The Russian champion has also shown reluctance towards a rematch with Oliveira in the past. As speculation swirls, the decision ultimately lies with the UFC regarding who will challenge Makhachev next for the lightweight title.

The coming weeks will reveal whether the UFC opts to book Oliveira against Makhachev for a highly anticipated rematch, potentially setting the stage for a compelling showdown in the lightweight division.


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