Charles Oliveira showed a pho­to of the injury, due to which he will not be able to enter the title fight with Russ­ian Islam Makhachev.

The UFC 294 tour­na­ment, which will take place on Octo­ber 21, was called by many the main event of the year. Espe­cial­ly for res­i­dents of the coun­tries of the for­mer USSR, because many Russ­ian-speak­ing stars will fight in Abu Dhabi: from Islam Makhachev and Khamzat Chi­maev to Magomed Ankalaev and Muham­mad Mokaev.

The selec­tion of fight­ers is not ran­dom — the UFC always selects Mus­lim ath­letes for tour­na­ments in the UAE. The goal is to reach two audi­ences at once: the coun­tries of the for­mer USSR, as well as the Mus­lim world.

Why did Charles Oliveira withdraw from the fight with Makhachev?

Islam Makhachev was sched­uled to defend his title against Brazil­ian Charles Oliveira. They had already met before, and the Russ­ian con­fi­dent­ly won. The tour­na­ment is about 10 days away, and Oliveira pulled out of the fight with a seri­ous injury.

But dur­ing train­ing he suf­fered a deep cut. He shared the pho­tos on social media, where he received hate from dis­ap­point­ed fans.

They are sure that before such an impor­tant tour­na­ment it is imper­a­tive to train in defense to pre­vent any injuries. And, of course, do not fight with spar­ring part­ners.

Oliveira will be replaced by the UFC champion, who has already fought with Makhachev

Feath­er­weight cham­pi­on Alex Volka­novs­ki replaced Oliveira. He is lighter than Makhachev, but has already moved up to his weight once to become a dou­ble cham­pi­on. Volka­novs­ki is 10cm short­er and small­er but gave Makhachev his most com­pet­i­tive light­weight fight in years.

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The prob­lem is that Volka­novs­ki will be approach­ing the rematch after under­go­ing elbow surgery in July. He did not go through a full train­ing camp, which great­ly reduces his chances of win­ning.

“I respect Volka­novs­ki for tak­ing the fight on short notice. But don’t use this as an excuse after the fight,” Makhachev wrote on social net­works.