The winner of the sixth UFC championship, Oleg Taktarov, shared his opinion about the upcoming fights between Islam Makhachev and Khamzat Chimaev, who will share the octagon with Charles Oliveira and Paulo Costa, respectively, on October 21 at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi.
“I don’t see intrigue in the confrontation between Makhaev and Oliveira – there is intrigue with Volkanovski,” Taktarov said, answering journalists’ questions after an open training session. “In the fifth round there is an intrigue with Volkanovski, but there is no intrigue with Oliveira – he morally lost”
“Maybe there will be intrigue if they perform in Brazil, and if Makhachev passes the weight race very badly. And if you feel bad – it happens, you just feel bad. Maybe there are some problems at home or in the head. But this is only if, if, if … And so, under normal conditions, I do not see any tricks. Makhachev will pass Oliveira a little harder than before, but he will pass”
At the same time, the veteran of mixed martial arts is not so optimistic about the Chechen fighter.
“There are too many ‘ifs’ with Khamzat – I said that a long time ago. I am an adult, and I see some things that you do not see. I can’t explain it in words, I just see it. I see some psychological instability. For some reason, the universe does not want to help a person move, because he carries the wrong message with him. That is, it is waiting for him to become a different person, to be perceived differently. ”
Earlier it was reported that Oleg Taktarov would resume his professional career with an MMA exhibition fight against Jeff Monson, however, at an open training it turned out that Adnan Alichev would become the rival of the Russian Bear, whom he would meet on August 10 at the Top Fight tournament.