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UFC 280: Paddy Pimblett “Cannot Believe” Charles Oliveira Is The Underdog Against Islam Makhachev

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Saikat Banerjee
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Paddy Pimblett is utterly perplexed by the fact that Charles Oliveira will be walking into the UFC 280 main event against Islam Makhachev as the underdog.

The former 155-pound champ, who was stripped of the title before UFC 274, is aiming to reclaim the vacant belt as he takes on Islam Makhachev this Saturday night at UFC 280 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

‘Do Bronx’, who recently revealed that he now has perfect vision after undergoing surgery before the fight, will be facing Makhachev as the underdog, and as many others in the MMA community, it is hard for Paddy Pimblett to digest.

“I cannot believe he’s the underdog,” the 155-pound star said on his YouTube channel, “I just don’t understand it. The people who he’s finished in a row, what he’s done to Tony (Ferguson), I don’t understand how he’s the underdog. Like I’m trying to be fair, you know what I mean.”

Paddy Pimblett picks Oliveira to defeat Makhachev

Aside from being surprised at seeing Oliveira as the underdog, ‘The Baddy’ revealed that he is also counting on the Brazilian to clinch the vacant title this Saturday night at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

“I like Charles to win. He’s one of my favorite fighters to watch. He’s brilliant. But the only way I see Islam winning is if he sits on top of him for five rounds, and I don’t see anyone doing that to Charles.”

“I have picked Charles,” Pimblett said. “So, from my point of view, I think Charles will get the finish in three rounds. But I’ve seen him in an interview saying he’ll knock him out in one. If it goes to decision, it’s Makhachev. And if it’s going to be a finish, it’s going to be Charles. I’m going with Charles personally. I just think he’s fought a higher caliber of opponents. He knows how to get through these hard times.” [H/T MMA Junkie]

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