‘Wrestling will neutralize anything’ – Henry Cejudo explains why Islam Makhachev is Charles Oliveira’s KRYPTONITE ahead of title fight


‘Wrestling will neutralize anything’ – Henry Cejudo explains why Islam Makhachev is Charles Oliveira’s KRYPTONITE ahead of title fight

Islam Makhachev (L), Charles Oliveira (M), Henry Cejudo (R)

Henry Cejudo has full confidence in Islam Makhachev to end Charles Oliveira’s dominant run in the UFC lightweight division.

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Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira fight each other in a much-anticipated lightweight title fight at UFC 280. This fight takes place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on October 22. Henry Cejudo, a former two-division champion in UFC believes this matchup will favor the Dagestani.

Islam Makhachev, the title contender, has some of the most dominant wrestling in the entire UFC lightweight division. Charles Oliveira, on the other hand, has the most submissions in the division with the most elite jiu-jitsu skills. “If there’s anybody that could beat Charles Oliveira, his name is Islam Makhachev because he has that one solid style,” said Henry Cejudo on his YouTube live video.

“Same reason why I beat Demetrious Johnson. My wrestling overwhelmed whatever it is that he was bringing to the table, and wrestling can be your safety net. One solid base like wrestling could probably neutralize anything,” said Triple C giving further clarification for why he thinks Makhachev will beat Oliveira.

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Henry Cejudo explains why Charles Oliveira has become an elite lightweight fighter

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Charles Oliveira (IMAGO / USA TODAY Network)

Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira has become the new king of the lightweight division. Very rarely do we see a switch in a fighter’s career like that of Oliveira. The Brazilian lightweight completely switched the dynamic of his career in the last few years.

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Henry Cejudo in the YouTube Q&A session explained how the fighter went from being an average lightweight/featherweight to being the best in the 155-pound division. “Oliveira has gotten so good because he takes risks. It took him some time to believe in himself,” said Cejudo in his YouTube video.

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“That was just the biggest difference for Charles “Do Bronx”. It was a mind switch,” added Triple C on what he believes changed Oliveira’s career trajectory. Oliveira has not been defeated since the year 2018. In the last four years, the Brazilian has finished 10 of his last 11 fights.

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