While Islam Makhachev is yet to achieve stardom, Sean O’Malley believes his potential lightweight title fight against Charles Oliveira will be high profile.
There has recently been controversy surrounding Charles Oliveira’s failure to make weight for UFC 274, which was supposed to be his second title defense. The fighter was stripped of his belt afterwards and the top spot has remained vacant ever since.
As the division now remains without a title holder, many speculated that the title would take place between Charles Oliveria and Islam Makhachev. This is after “Do Bronx” returns to the octagon, scheduled for October or November.
During an appearance on a recent episode of his The BrO’Malley Show, Sean O’Malley described the potential fight as a “sick” fight. He also thinks that many people, including himself, will be delighted.
The 27-year-old American UFC fighter said:
“Jesus it will be nice. It’s crazy it’s not like a super, it’s not a massive fight. It will be a… I think it will be good but Islam is not still really a name and Charles is sort of becoming a name. It’s weird…it’s the best division…it’s going to be a sick fight. I’ll be excited for that. I think a lot of people would be excited for that.
You can check out Sean O’Malley’s discussion of the potential lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev below:
Charles Oliveira is expected to return to the octagon in October this year
In a recent interview with Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, UFC President Dana White gave the expected timeline for Oliveira’s return to the octagon. White declined to divulge the next opponent for ‘Do Bronx’. However, he revealed that Oliveira is expected to return to the octagon in October this year.
Speaking of the Brazilian, Dana White said:
“He will probably fight in October. I already have fights until October 8. Probably October or November.”
Watch Dana White’s full interview with Yahoo Sports below:
“Do Bronx” last fought Justin Gaethje at UFC 274. He picked up a phenomenal win over Gaethje via first-round submission. However, Oliveira failed to retain the lightweight belt as he lost half a pound in weight and was stripped of his title.
The Brazilian is currently on an 11-match winning streak. He is one short away from holding the record for the longest winning streak in the UFC lightweight division. Rumors have swirled that Charles Oliveira is set to fight Islam Makhachev. However, there has been no official confirmation from the UFC yet.