Although Islam Makhachev claims he is willing to fight in Brazil, Charles Oliveira does not believe him.
Main event for UFC 280 takes place this Saturday at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, Makhachev’s adopted home, pitting Oliveira (33-8 MMA, 21-8 UFC) against Makhachev (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC). After preliminary bouts air on ESPNews and ESPN+, the main card is shown on pay-per-view.
At UFC 274, held in Justin Gaethje’s hometown of Phoenix, Oliveira submitted Gaethje in the first round. The Brazilian has said that he is beginning to take pleasure in stirring up trouble among the locals on enemy territory.
“I’m home. I like being in places like this,” Oliveira said.
“I always invite them to come to my house. They never come to my house, so I knock on people’s doors and go to theirs.”
However, Makhachev claims that he requested a battle with Oliveira in his native Brazil on January 21 at UFC 283, which will take place in Rio.
“When they announce the fight in Brazil, I ask Dana, ‘Please, my team is ready,’” Makhachev said. “‘Let’s go. I want to make this in Brazil.’ We ask about Brazil many times. If you don’t know this, ask Dana.”
“This fight was not meant to happen in Brazil. You guys are just bullsh*tting all the time,” Oliveira said.
He added, “In no moment, you never wanted this fight to be in Brazil. You never mentioned Brazil. Don’t worry, daddy’s here.”
“You tried to avoid this fight how many months? You don’t say my name,” Makhachev said. “I never heard you say my name. Conor, Nate Diaz, someone, but you never say Islam. Never.”