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Charles Oliveira Injured And Out, Volkanovski In To Face Makhachev At UFC 294

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Tuesday saw the collapse of the UFC’s upcoming pay-per-view main event, prompting the company to organize perhaps an even bigger one.

UFC president Dana White announced on Tuesday night that former champion Charles Oliveira is injured and will not compete for the lightweight championship in the main event of UFC 294 on October 21 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

With only 11 days’ notice, lightweight champion Islam Makhachev will battle featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski in place of Oliveira.

Volkanovski’s consent to the fight, according to White, was obtained in “one phone call.”

“The Volkanovski crew, him and Israel [Adesanya], these guys are absolute studs, man,” he said in a news conference after “Dana White’s Contender Series.”

White claimed that Oliveira sliced his eyebrow during the last round of their Monday night fight. For the bout the following week, he and his entourage were scheduled to depart for Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Oliveira was forced to leave the fight because the wound required stitches.

Oliveira admitted it was a serious cut from a headbutt on social media.

In one of the best fights of the year or any other, Makhachev defeated Volkanovski by a razor-thin unanimous decision at UFC 284 in February. According to ESPN, Volkanovski is ranked as the best fighter in the world pound-for-pound, while Makhachev is ranked second.

With one championship defense under his belt, Makhachev (24-1) has won 12 straight fights. The retired former UFC lightweight champion and all-time greatest undefeated fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov trains with the 31-year-old Dagestan native.

After losing to Makhachev, Volkanovski (26-2) bounced back to defeat Yair Rodriguez by third-round TKO for the featherweight championship at UFC 290 in July. The 35-year-old Australian ranks second in the history of the division with six victories in featherweight title fights and five successful title defenses.

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