Unfair Claims by Charles Oliveira Triggers Ex-Champ as Brazilian’s Concerns on Islam Makhachev UFC 294 Fight Gets Shot Down

Published 10/03/2023, 3:06 AM EDT

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The next UFC pay-per-view, UFC 294, will see Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev battle it out for the lightweight title. In addition to that, the event will take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE, but ‘Do Bronx’ doesn’t seem too happy about it. However, UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping doesn’t think that the venue should be a cause of concern for the championship contender.

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It was in Abu Dhabi that Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev fought each other for the first time at UFC 280. The Dagestan native defeated the Brazilian in a jam-packed Etihad Arena. As such, Oliveira is not a fan of the promotion setting up a fight in the same venue where he lost. Meanwhile, Michael Bisping was quick to shut him down.

Michael Bisping claims Charles Oliveira is lucky to get a title shot

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The UFC Hall of Famer and commentator weighed in on the former champion complaining about the UFC being unfair in setting up the rematch against Islam Makhachev in Abu Dhabi. However, Bisping did not entertain that thought. He claimed that Makhachev is the champion and Charles Oliveira is lucky to have a rematch for the championship, given that he defeated Beneil Dariush. The UFC legend stated, “He’s [Makhachev] the champion, and Charles is getting another crack at the whip after beating Beneil Dariush. So he’s very, very lucky.”

Furthermore, ‘The Count’ also reminded ‘Do Bronx’ that the location should never be a concern. All the business will go down inside the Octagon. As such, Charles Oliveira should come to terms with that fact. “He shouldn’t be complaining about the location and I’m not slagging Charles off, but you just gotta get to grips with that,” said Michael Bisping.

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UFC legend advises ‘Do Bronx’ to avoid playing the victim card

Michael Bisping understands the fact that Abu Dhabi is going to act like a home-side advantage to Islam Makhachev. This is because both the lightweight champion and most of the people in the UAE share the same faith. Bisping further stated, “It’s going down in Abu Dhabi. There’s a massive Muslim following there… Islam is a Muslim, right? So he’s gonna have a massive home advantage.”

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Similarly, he drew the same picture for Charles Oliveira. He’d have had the same advantage if the event was held in Brazil. As such, the UFC’s decision is final and there is nothing to disagree with on that front. Moreover, Michael Bisping advised Oliveira not to act like he’d been victimized. If he went down in Brazil, you’d have a home advantage… It is what it is. You can’t go in there with that victim mindset,” said the Hall of Famer.

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When Islam Makhachev fought Alexander Volkanovski in Australia, he was fighting in an enemy territory. However, that did not stop him from successfully defending his championship. Meanwhile, Charles Oliveira earlier had the chance to have the rematch in Brazil, but he turned that down. We will have to wait and see if that affects his performance when they eventually enter the Octagon.

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