Oliveira vs Makhachev: Due to “emotional stress,” Team Oliveira declined the Makhachev rematch at UFC 283, according to coach
Oliveira vs Makhachev at UFC 283:
The fight won’t be that soon, yet it might still take place in the not too distant future.
Oliveira vs Makhachev at UFC 280:
Lima explained Oliveira was already experiencing too much mental stress following his disappointing UFC 280 defeat in an interview with Super Lutas.
They decided not to take advantage of the opportunity because, in his opinion, putting the 33-year-old in a training camp to face the new champ again in just two months would not have been the wisest course of action.
“When we were going to face Makhachev,” Lima explained, “we showed a lot of interest in fighting him in Rio.
One week after [UFC 280], the UFC got in touch with us. They gave us the opportunity to fight [Makhachev] in Rio.
They have always been really good to us. We have really good talks. It was up to us to accept or not
For the vacant lightweight title back in October, Oliveira (33-9-1 NC) competed against Makhachev, but was defeated by submission in round two.
The 33-year-old had previously defeated some of the top fighters in the division during an 11-fight winning streak that included 10 finishes.
Since December 2020, he has defeated Michael Chandler, Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier.