Shlemenko: Nurmagomedov’s managers will be able to “warm up” UFC fight between Makhachev and Oliveira
MOSCOW, May 11 – Sports, Vasily Bogdanov. The managers of the former champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Khabib Nurmagomedov are able to stir up interest in the fight between Russian Islam Makhachev and Brazilian Charles Oliveira, if the fight takes place, this opinion was expressed by Russian mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Alexander Shlemenko.
On Sunday, Oliveira defeated American Justin Gaethje ahead of schedule at UFC 274 in Phoenix (USA). However, on Friday, the Brazilian missed the weight before the title fight, which is why he was stripped of the lightweight title. After the fight, Nurmagomedov turned to the leadership of the American promotion with a request to organize a duel between Oliveira and Makhachev in the fall. Makhachev himself announced his intention to fight for the UFC title with the Brazilian. UFC President Dana White admitted that he would like to see the fight between Makhachev and Oliveira.
“If Dana White said that he was not against the fight, then it really can take place. In fact, Makhachev’s team is in a strong position, they have a lot of influence. Khabib Nurmagomedov, his promoters and managers can do a lot to make the fight go through in the end. Perhaps for an American audience, a fight between a Brazilian and a Russian will not be as interesting as any of them with a local athlete.Nevertheless, if managers, Dana White and the entire UFC media machine are involved, any fight can be warmed up and made attractive to a wide audience.Another question that we do not know the whole internal kitchen. We must proceed from the alternatives that the UFC has,” Shlemenko said.