Charles Oliveira is on his way to Abu Dhabi ahead of UFC 280.
Despite Islam Makhachev’s comments on social media that Oliveira would be a ‘no-show’ at the highly anticipated event, the Brazilian posted photo evidence assuring that he was taking off on Saturday for the UAE, where he hopes to regain his UFC lightweight title.
“Calm down, dad is coming. Hello Abu Dhabi,” Oliveira wrote in response to the protege of Khabib Nurmagomedov in a post on Instagram.
“Take off UFC 280,” he wrote on another.
Both Alexander Volkanovski and Beneil Dariush have stated that they would be in attendance at the event should anything prevent either Makhachev or Oliveira from making their walk to the Octagon.
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On this day in MMA…
On the 10th of October, 2006, Tito Ortiz finished Ken Shamrock with strikes in the main event of UFC: The Final Chapter in Hollywood, Florida.
The pair had met twice before, the most recent of which took place just two months prior to the event. All three bouts ended in finishes in favor of Ortiz.
Ortiz would go on to challenge Chuck Liddell in their rematch in his following fight while Shamrock, who fought up until 2016, would never again defeat an opponent with a winning record.