Islam Makhachev opens up as a massive favorite over Charles Oliveira

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UFC Lightweight contender Islam Makhachev has opened up as a heavy favorite against the UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira and the top contender Justin Gaethje. In his last fight, Islam Makhachev fought against wild lightweight Bobby Green at UFC FIGHT NIGHT 202. He won the fight in a very dominant fashion as he blasted Bobby on the ground in the very first round of the fight and won the match via TKO. Now as per the sources Islam Makhachev will be fighting for the title next and would face the winner of Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje.

According to sportsbook BetOnline, Makhachev opened as a -415 favorite while Oliveira is a +345 underdog. Against Gaethje, Makhachev is a -600 favorite with the comeback on the American at +450. It means that you would need to bet $415 to win $100 on Makhachev to beat Oliveira while you’d need to bet $600 to win $100 on him defeating Gaethje. But, if you like the underdogs, a $100 bet would net you $345 if Oliveira wins and a $100 bet wins you $450 should Gaethje defeat him.

Islam Makchev has been the favorite in many of his last fights. Islam Makhachev has been a heavy favorite in his past four fights against Green, Hooker, Thiago Moises, and Drew Dober he was a -800, -625, -700, and a -460 favorite, respectively.

Islam Makhachev is confident about his title shot opportunity next

“I told you guys a couple of days ago, this guy is not my level and I’m going to show you my level,” Makhachev told MMA Junkie and other reporters at the UFC Fight Night 202 post-fight news conference. “11 months, I finish four guys and I deserve (the shot).”

Islam Makhachev gives a prediction for UFC lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje.

“I think it’s going to be a good fight because those guys are high level,” Makhachev said. “Charles improved his striking game and he has more (skills) than Justin in the ground game. I think they going to strike a little bit, then Charles is going to take him down, take his back and finish him there. Like third round or second round.”

“I think it’s going to be good match because this guy’s good in the striking and grappling and wrestling,” Makhachev said. “I’m going to make him tired, pressure him, and make him give up. Because this guy, I know like when somebody go with him three or four rounds and give him hard punch and hard time, and he can finish some people with choke. But when he do not do this, he give up all the time. But I have grappling skills more than him. He going to try to finish me on the ground, but it’s going to be so hard for him.”\


  • Islam Makhachev opens up as a heavy favorite over the Oliveira and Gaethje.

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