Oliveira and Makhachev battle for an empty leash at the main event of the UFC's pay-per-view on October 22 in Abu Dhabi. Oliveira stopped Gaethje in the first round at May's UFC 274 event in his most recent bout, but was stripped of the title after losing weight in a historic and unfortunate moment.
With another chance to fight for the title, Gaethje will certainly be watching the much-awaited matchup very closely.
“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.”
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