, author: Ermakova M.

What a surprise: Charles Oliveira refused a rematch with Islam Makhachev

The confrontation was planned for the fall.

On October 21, 2023, UFC 294 will take place in Abu Dhabi, where the main event was a rematch between lightweight division champion Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira.

And the venue looked very symbolic. It was in Abu Dhabi a year before that the Russian fighter defeated the Brazilian and won the belt.

Yes, and Oliveira himself has repeatedly publicly stated his desire to again enter the octagon against Makhachev.

However, on the eve it became known that this fight with a high degree of probability will not take place. At least this year.

According to American sports analyst Aaron Bronsteter, he had a personal conversation with Oliveira, and the Brazilian said that in October he would not be ready to fight in a rematch.

“Charles explained that he would not be fit until November or December, so he is ready to wait for the next opportunity to regain his championship,” the specialist said.