Even though Charles Oliveira is the underdog against Islam Makhachev, he is more motivated than ever to win back the lightweight title at UFC 280.
The Brazilian lost his title earlier this year after failing to make weight before defeating Justin Gaethje via first-round submission at UFC 274; he was the first UFC champion to lose a belt due to weight ineligibility.
When Oliveira competes against Khabib Nurmagomedov protege Makhachev in the UFC 280 main event on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, he will be looking to reclaim what he believes was taken from him by the Arizona Athletic Commission. Oliveira intends to "shock the world yet again" by winning the title a second time.
“I’m going to shock the world yet again… Well, opinions are subjective and some people believe that I would be a potential winner, he would be a potential winner,” Oliveira told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto in a recent interview (h/t Low Kick MMA). “But I’m gonna show that my history, my background, the number of fights I’ve had, my contenders, these will come to show on that very night. In this sense, I’ll shock the world because people will change their opinion about this.”
On October 22, in the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Oliveira vs. Makhachev, the main event of UFC 280, will take place.