According to online oddsmaker
BetOnline, Makhachev is currently listed as a -350 favorite for
a second meeting with “Do Bronx.” Oliveira, meanwhile, is a +285
underdog. Makhachev was also
favored in their first bout at UFC 280, but those odds ranged
from -166 to -205.
The lightweights initially squared off for the vacant lightweight
belt at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 22, 2022. Makhachev claimed
the throne with a dominant performance, winning via second-round
submission and ending Oliveira’s 11-bout promotional winning streak
in the process. Oliveira returned for the first time since that
defeat at UFC 289, where he earned a technical knockout over top
lightweight contender Beneil
Dariush in the first round of the evening’s co-main event.
After that emphatic victory, the Brazilian immediately set his
sights on a rematch.
Though nothing is set in stone, UFC president Dana White seemed to
agree that a return date between Oliveira and Makhachev is the
logical next step in the division.
“Let’s not play games,” White said at the UFC 289 post-fight press
conference. “That fight makes sense, that’s the fight that should
happen, and I’m excited to see it again.”
Islam Makhachev Listed as Significant Favorite in Potential Rematch vs. Charles Oliveira