Charles Oliveira (33-8, 30 finishes) is about to face Islam Makhachev (22-1, 14 finishes) within the UFC 280 primary occasion Saturday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with the chance to regain the light-weight championship he misplaced because of lacking weight forward of his final title protection in Might. The Brazilian, universally considered the No. 1 fighter at 155 kilos, not too long ago spoke by way of Zoom, by way of an interpreter, with The Submit’s Scott Fontana for this week’s Submit Battle Interview.
Q: Quite a lot of the largest names in your division are both cheering so that you can win or choosing you to win in opposition to Islam. Does that imply something to you to have the respect of your friends like that?A: I’m actually completely happy and, actually, grateful to see everybody supporting me. I labored actually arduous to earn this respect and to earn the place I’m [in] proper now. So I’m actually grateful for that.
Q: You’re the UFC submission wins chief and also you’ve currently been knocking out high 155ers. The place do you see your self having the extra pronounced benefit over him: standing or on the bottom?A: After I acquired into the UFC, I used to be a jiu-jitsu athlete. Now, I’m a martial artist. I’m nicely rounded, and wherever the battle goes, I’ll win. I’ve expertise in all areas.
Q: The UFC doesn’t acknowledge you because the official champion, however folks at massive understand that, as you’ve stated, “the champion has a reputation and that title is Charles Oliveira.” Do you’ve any problem with the best way the UFC has dealt with the scenario after the burden miss and all of the circumstances round it?A: It’s behind us. Everybody is aware of what occurred. Everybody is aware of who the champion is. Everybody is aware of I acquired robbed, so it’s up to now.
Charles Oliveira works out forward of UFC 280.Zuffa LLC
Q: Fighters are all the time rehydrating after weigh-ins anyway and plenty of occasions are competing a number of kilos aside. Is there something you assume may very well be modified about how weigh-ins are executed in MMA?A: Really, I feel it’s all correctly executed. It was only a downside with the dimensions. I don’t know what may very well be higher. I feel it’s rather well executed, and it was only one second; one thing that went incorrect simply in that particular second.
Q: Do you propose on making any changes to the way you put together for weigh-ins this time?A: Everyone seems to be asking me about that. I gained’t make any change. I’m doing it the identical approach, with the identical nutritionist. What folks have to know is that, if you truly don’t make weight, you’ve that strain; you consider that. However I did make weight. I used to be robbed. So I’m gonna hold doing the identical factor I did and make weight on [Friday] as I did the final time.
Q: You’ve put collectively a really spectacular profession resume, particularly late in your profession because the champion. What are a few of your remaining profession objectives?A: I need to hold constructing my legacy, being the champion and displaying that anybody like me can do the identical. I simply need to hold constructing my legacy and breaking information.
Q: Do you’ve a favourite submission victory out of your profession?A: It’s arduous to inform. I imagine that every battle had one thing significant about it. Whether or not it was an harm or one thing particular, one thing totally different. So it’s arduous to inform. I really feel like all my fights should be revered as such.
Charles Oliveira (proper) in his battle in opposition to Justin Gaethje at UFC 274.Getty Pictures
Q: Do you recall your first expertise watching MMA?A: I’m unsure, however I’ve a reminiscence of watching MMA in [my hometown of] Guarujá. I’ve all the time been a dreamer, let’s say, and once I noticed it, I stated I might be there sooner or later. And it was the UFC, and everybody thought it wouldn’t occur.
Q: Typical walkaround weight between fights?A: It’s round 83-84 kilos [183-185 pounds].
Q: Typical weight on battle evening?A: I can’t say but. I don’t know.
Q: Favourite post-weight lower meal?A: Really, I simply attempt to recuperate and eat nicely. It’s extra about that. However I simply attempt to hold that steadiness of consuming nicely and getting ready for the battle. Perhaps it’s some pasta or mashed potatoes or no matter, however the focus is on recovering rather well.
Q: Who in MMA do you most admire?A: It’s arduous to inform. I don’t like to choose names as a result of, generally, I overlook somebody. General, I actually admire even the previous technology right here in Brazil, but in addition those which are coming proper now and placing on nice performances.
Q: What’s the best approach in fight sports activities?A: Calf slicer.
Q: Favourite film?A: “The Ghost within the Darkness”
Q: Favourite out of doors exercise?A: I prefer to race with my horses.
Q: Favourite online game?A: I don’t play.