Charles Oliveira can offer no justification for his defeat at UFC 280.
The former UFC lightweight champion opened up about his loss against Islam Makhachev, his training camp, and his plans for the future after the fight.
“There’s not much to say. It wasn’t my day,” Oliveira said in an interview.
“Islam was better than me on the mat and on the feet. I haven’t had time to watch it yet. I asked the boys some things in the bathroom. He was better than me today. I have to give him credit and go back home. I know myself. I’ll come back 10 times stronger. I have a family and a huge team that will make that happen. We’ll take it back.”
“I wouldn’t change a thing we did during camp. We did everything really well,” Oliveira said. “I was hitting hard, my mind was strong. In the lockeroom, I was telling my team: ‘Be at peace. It’s already been written. We’ll take what’s ours.’ But we don’t write it, God does. That’s the truth. I’ve learned a lot from it. It wasn’t my time. I think it was my day to lose, to go back home, relax and overcome.”
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