Rumored 170LBS Move for Islam Makhachev Against Colby Covington Receives a Verdict From UFC 294 Rival Charles Oliveira

Published 09/29/2023, 10:49 AM EDT

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The octagon is set to blaze with fury as UFC Lightweight Champion Islam Makhachev takes on the charismatic Brazilian UFC star Charles Oliveira, also known as ‘Do Bronx.’ This highly anticipated clash is scheduled for October 21st in Abu Dhabi.

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The duo is gearing up for war at the UFC 294, and sparks are already flying. Recently, American UFC star Colby Covington called out Oliveira’s arch-nemesis, dubbing it a potential ‘super fight.’ Now ‘Do Bronx’ is addressing this bold move by the welterweight in a recent interview. So, what’s the Brazilian UFC star saying about ‘Chaos’s callout?

Charles Oliveira gives his honest take on Colby Covington’s call out to Islam Makhachev

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Charles Oliveira was recently featured in an interview with MMA journalist and podcaster James Lynch. The duo spoke on a plethora of topics, including Colby Covington’s bold call out to Makhachev. 

‘Do Bronx’s measured response to Covington’s callout revealed a fighter who is focused and unflustered. He acknowledged the potential magnitude of a bout between Covington and Makhachev, recognizing the excitement that such a fight would generate. The Brazilian asserted, “That would also be a really big fight. These names are super exciting! It’d be a big fight for Islam and Colby…”

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What’s more? Lynch followed up with an intriguing question: “Would you ever fight at welterweight in your career?”

Oliveira’s response indicated that he was open to the possibility. But there are some terms and conditions involved. He revealed, “Really – my future just kind of depends on how things play out. If the money’s right, the situation’s right – [if] it feels good for me – 100%! But it just has to be in the right circumstances…”

When questioned about the apparent lack of social media banter leading up to the fight, Oliveira maintained that the pressure remains the same. He further added, “It’s [the pressure] the same. He just feels that sometimes you prepare for a fight differently. Maybe he’s just quiet – more quiet this time around. But he’s not taking that [the fight] any different than before…”

What was ‘Chaos’s callout to the arch-nemesis of ‘Do Bronx’?

Just a couple of days prior to Oliveira’s feature, Colby Covington starred on Lynch’s podcast to promote his upcoming fight against Leon Edwards for the UFC Welterweight Championship belt. In the interview, ‘Chaos’ didn’t mince his words when addressing Islam Makhachev, who is currently the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion. Covington’s callout was bold and provocative, and it sent ripples throughout the MMA community.

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“There’s that little m**gol. He’s been talking a little bit, saying that he wants to come up and fight in a real man’s division. Cause he’s sitting in a little boy’s weight class–and I’m talking about Islam Makhachev… So, that little m**gol has been talking. He’s been saying some things–he wants to face a real man–[maybe] America’s champ [referring to himself]. So that might present itself as well,” declared ‘Chaos.’

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Covington’s words conveyed his conviction that Makhachev was in a “little boy’s weight class.” He boldly proclaimed himself as a “real man” and “America’s champ.”

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The potential clash between Makhachev and Covington, as suggested by the callout, would undoubtedly be a major draw for UFC fans. It would be a battle of contrasting styles and personalities. Thus, making it a fight to remember. However, it remains to be seen whether this callout will materialize into an actual fight. And if it does, fight fans can expect fireworks both inside and outside the octagon. What do you think? Will Covington get his title shot if Charles fails to beat Makhachev? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!

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