Khabib Nurmagomedov said Charles Oliveira is starting to display indications of pressure in relation to his bout with Islam Makhachev. When he relinquished the title in October 2020, Nurmagomedov made way for Oliveira to challenge for the world championship, and he will be in Makhachev’s corner for the October 22 clash in Abu Dhabi. And he believes that the Brazilian’s pre-fight remarks are starting to reflect the pressure of finally facing his frequently avoided partner.
Before the fight, Oliveira alleged that Makhachev was acting haughtily and that the Russian was “saying a lot of s***.” Given that Makhachev and Nurmagomedov are well-known in the region and will use it as a sort of home arena, he is not delighted to have to travel there for the fight.Nurmagomedov hit back, saying: “First of all, how can you disparage the man who won the Fighter of the Year award in 2022?. So no one is disparaging him. 11 fights in a row he has won with so many finishes. I think it is silly to think we’re underestimating this fight.
“I simply think he’s starting to feel the pressure of the fight. You know when you’re trying to fight someone, for example, someone like Gaethje, or Chandler or Poireir you know that they have already lost in the past. You can see their pluses and minuses and you can identify the ‘switch’ in their fight that leads them to victory or defeat.”