The highly anticipated match-up between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev has been put on hold due to an injury suffered by the former. And in the meantime, Alex Volkanovski stepped in as a backup fighter to face Islam Makhachev. Coincidentally, the supposed rematch between Oliviera and Makhachev is now a rematch between Makhachev and Volkanovski.
2023 is the year of last-minute fights getting canceled. It has become almost a trend to see fighters walking out of fights at the last minute. The nature of the injury is unconfirmed. However, according to sources, it is due to a cut on his eyebrow. The nature and the cause of the injury are still unconfirmed, but Oliviera walking out of the match is something that the UFC has unanimously confirmed.
The Walking Out
While Do Bronx fandom is justifying Oliviera’s decision to cancel the fight as perfectly justifiable. Others believe that the decision was unprofessional and even ‘cowardly.’ In fact, Ali Abdelaziz has proclaimed that Justin Gaejthe now has a clearer shot at earning the tile since Oliviera is out of the equation.
Such a scathing opinion raked in widespread criticism amongst fans and business insiders. However, Abdelaziz not only shared his opinion but also went the extra mile to prove his point. In a social media post, Abdelaziz shared a graphic picture of Frankie Edgar, just eight days before his fight against Jose Aldo, with a gaping cut on his left eyebrow. Along with a caption, “This is Frankie Edgar 8 days before he fought Jose Aldo. Charles missed his opportunity, Justin Gaethje is next for the title @FrankieEdgar @Justin_Gaethje”
There is no official news from Oliveira’s side of the story. But fans believe that something is brewing. It is just a matter of time before Oliviera comes forward with his own version and allay any confusion or rumors regarding his walkout.
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