When it comes to choosing a winner for the UFC 280 lightweight title matchup between Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira, Justin Gaethje is undecided, but he is leaning slightly in Makhachev’s favor.
For the vacant strap, Oliveira and Makhachev square off in the main event of the Oct. 22 UFC pay-per-view in Abu Dhabi. At the UFC 274 event in May, Oliveira defeated Gaethje in the first round of his most recent fight, but in an unfortunate and historic turn of events, he was stripped of the title for not making weight.
Gaethje will undoubtedly be paying careful attention to the highly anticipated showdown with his sights set on gaining another chance to compete for the title.
Justin Gathje thinks Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev
“It could be an amazing fight, or it could be extremely boring,” Gaethje told MMA Fighting. “Makhachev probably wins by decision, but Oliveira’s been super impressive.”
“I think whoever is hanging out on their back foot is going to lose,” Gaethje said. “I don’t see Makhachev being on his back foot, and Charles is going to make it a point to not be on his back foot. But can Makhachev put him there? That’s going to be the biggest factor.”