Paddy Pimblett doesn’t see why Charles Oliveira is an underdog against Islam Makhachev, considering that he has won 10 of his last 11 fights via knockout, including major victories over Michael Chandler, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje.
Makhachev has won ten consecutive fights, the most notable of which was a submission of former top-ten fighter Dan Hooker. After defeating MMA veteran Bobby Green via first-round technical knockout at UFC Vegas 49, the Dagestani was awarded a shot at the title.
“I cannot believe he’s the underdog,” Pimblett said.
“I just don’t understand it. The people who he’s finished in a row, what he’s done to Tony, I don’t understand how he’s the underdog. Like I’m trying to be fair, you know what I mean?
“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.”
Later tonight, at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev.