Former UFC star Chael Sonnen sees the fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev at UFC 280 as a battle between Jiu Jitsu and Sambo.
Sonnen opened up about the same on his Beyond the Fight Podcast and talked about the two disciplines.
“This is a massive battle between jiu-jitsu and Sambo, and Sambo isn't coming out and trying to get credit ahead of time because their guy is a three to one dog, and jiu jitsu isn't even mentioning it because they're not sure that their guy's techniques work. You have two sides that are scared,” Sonnen noted (h/t Sportskeeda).
He further went on to add that the fight between Oliveira and Makhchev will go to the ground. Sonnen also added how amazing it would be if Charles Oliveira manages to beat Islam Makhachev in the UFC 280 main event.
"If, from his back, from a guard position, Charles could finish Islam, it would be absolutely amazing, but there's nothing historically that would make you think that... Can Islam pass his guard? If he does, very bad. Can Islam pound him and put Charles on the defense? If so, very bad... These are the kinds of things that are at stake,” Sonnen added.
The showdown between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev will headline the UFC 280 pay-per-view in Abu Dhabi. The fight has already managed to capture the attention of the entire MMA community and the stakes are at an all-time high. The fight will also crown the new UFC Lightweight champion as the title has been vacant since Oliveira was stripped for missing weight before his fight against Justin Gaethje.
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