“Right Now Is Charles Oliveira Time”-Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He Was Surprised Dustin Poirier Couldn’t Beat Charles Oliveira

Published 12/16/2021, 10:58 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov (red) in action against Dustin Poirier (blue) during UFC Lightweight Championship match at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on September 6, 2019. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


The last UFC PPV event of the year, UFC 269, delivered the MMA World many shocking moments. Some of them were Julianna Pena’s victory over Amanda Nunes, and Charles Oliveira keeping his Lightweight title. As the majority believed, the odds were in Poirier’s favor, but Oliveira astonished the fanbase with his superior grappling skills.

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However, fans weren’t the only ones who were surprised by the reigning lightweight champion’s feats. Charles Oliveira’s performance in the match startled even MMA legend Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In a recent sit-down with ESPN, the former undisputed UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov revealed he was originally vouching for Dustin Poirier. Nonetheless, Oliveira clinched the victory and impressed him.

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He said, “It’s like it was little bit surprise for me. Honestly, it’s like, I was thinking like Dustin gonna win but Charles, Charles did very good job. He give him like very good pressure. Since fight beginning and he did very good job, you know, and right now is like, this is Charles’ time.”

But he also foretold Oliveira that every champion has limited time on the top. And someone will come to take the gold away from him.

He added, “You know, it’s like, what interesting like times never stop. We remember when Frankie Edgar then Ben Henderson was champion then Anthony Pettis. You know it was like Dos Anjos, like Conor, myself. Now is Charles. You know like when, like very, very, very soon is like Charles’ time gonna come too, you know. Some are gonna beat him. Like always, champions change, you know, time never stay, and right now, right now is Charles Oliveira time.”

Possibly, indicating at his Protege and friend Islam Makhachev, who is currently #4 on the lightweight roster.

Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals why he became a promoter

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In the same interview, Khabib Nurmagomedov disclosed why he transitioned himself into a full-time promoter. ‘The Eagle’ revealed that he wanted to provide a platform for budding MMA fighters who are unable to find a place in premiere promotions. He also thinks that all of his experience and knowledge will help these future prospects.

KAZAN, RUSSIA MAY 29, 2021: Sambo coach Esed Emiragayev (L) and tetired MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, who held the UFC Lightweight title from April 2018 to March 2021 (2nd R), attend EFC 36 Eagle Fighting Championship at Tatneft Arena in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)

“Because I have so much knowledge. You know I can share with my knowledge with a lot of people… I can make a comfortable position for a lot of fighters around the world. Because how many fighters right now signing in US. For example, UFC, Bellator, and PFL is like thousand fighters, and how many fighters we have around the world. Like thousands, thousands, hundred thousands around the world, maybe.”

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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