Lima talks Oliveira, Nurmagomedov and extra

The coach of ex-Ultimate Fighting Championship light-weight champ Charles
Oliveira didn’t mince phrases about others in that division.

In the UFC, there is no such thing as a champion at 155 kilos. This is because of a dramatic episode on the dimensions forward of UFC
274, the place then-titleholder Oliveira missed weight. His opponent Justin
Gaethje remained the one one of many two eligible to win the belt at night time’s finish. The Brazilian got here again from adversity to submit Gaethje within the first spherical, and the title remained vacant. UFC President Dana White said that Oliveira would have an opportunity to earn his throne again, and Oliveira’s coach Diego Lima spoke to Sherdog on Wednesday in regards to the championship image and what’s subsequent for his fighter.

“Charles did three belt disputes in 12 months. He is coming from an 11-fight win streak, has beaten all the submission records in UFC history,” an exasperated Lima professed. “If UFC is planning to make an occasion in Sao Paulo or Rio [in] December, it will make all sense to have him right here main this card. I can assure in the event that they make Charles and Conor
[McGregor] in Sao Paulo, UFC followers will see essentially the most thrilling and noisy crowd in UFC historical past.”

If the bout in opposition to McGregor – a person Oliveira known as out in his post-fight interview – doesn’t materialize, Oliveira and his staff are maintaining their eyes transfixed on rising expertise Islam
Makhachev.

“Both McGregor or Makhachev would make sense,” Lima admitted. “Our plan A would be Conor in Brazil in December; Plan B, New York [in] November; and the last choice would be Abu Dhabi [in] October. Charles is coming from four wars against top-five contenders. Makhachev just faced one top 10 until now, [so] why should Charles go to Abu Dhabi, which is almost [Islam’s] hometown, to face him there? What did Makhachev do to have such a big advantage over a guy who beat all UFC records and got his belt stripped due to a mistake of the athletic commission?”

While upset on the scenario that transpired at UFC 274, Lima made certain to elucidate that he nor his fighter maintain any unwell will towards the promotion or its president.

“We have a wonderful relationship with Dana and UFC” Lima famous. “At the end of the day we are employees; we pretty much understand that there are many factors involved in a decision like that. But after all Charles did lately, it’s more than fair to listen the champion’s opinion.”

The Chute Boxe head coach additionally talked about Khabib
Nurmagomedov’s current assertion, the place the previous champion stated
Makhachev would journey to Brazil to defeat Oliveira in entrance of his
residence followers.

“Khabib was always recognized as an example of someone who doesn’t talk, but makes and also for hating trash talkers,” the coach said. “Now he is doing exactly what he criticized about McGregor. If he is so sure that Makhachev will beat Charles, why [doesn’t he] send a ‘double contract’ guaranteeing he would face Charles in case of Islam’s loss?”

Lima was not completed speaking about his staff, nevertheless, because it has a brand new recruit: UFC flyweight champion Deiveson
Figueiredo.

“I explained to [Figueiredo] that we don’t do camps here in Chute Boxe. Here, we work as a family, where everybody helps each other, and everybody here is open to teach and learn. He came from Belem with his wife and kids, and we welcomed him here in Sao Paulo to be part of the family, not to make camps.”

According to Lima, Figueiredo remains to be recovering from his hand damage and has not began any main coaching but. The group already put collectively an interim 125-pound championship bout between Brandon
Moreno and Kai Kara
France as a consequence of his damage, despite the fact that Figueiredo gained his belt again in January.

“He participated in a wrestling class and also did some technical drills, but did not work on sparring yet,” the Chute Boxe head coach concluded.

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