KARACHI: Charles Oliveira was dubbed "unprofessional" by Islam Makhachev for missing weight before his UFC 274 triumph over Justin Gaethje.
At the event, Oliveira was scheduled to defend his lightweight championship against Gaethje, but he was stripped of the title after missing weight by half a pound.
Despite multiple competitors complaining that the official scale was miscalibrated, UFC officials have certified that it was correct for the event's weigh-ins. And Makhachev has chastised Oliveira for not losing the half-pound he was given in the hour before the bout by the UFC.
"We don't have a champion now because Charles Oliveira missed weight and it's unprofessional. You have to show people that you're professional when you are a champion. I think they have to make me versus Charles, 10 win streak versus 11 win streak. It's a very big fight," Makhachev told ESPN.
"He had half a pound left, and the UFC gave him one hour to cut this, but this guy isn't professional, that's why they took his belt. I agree he is the number one contender now, but somebody else has to fight [him] for the title. Who else is going to fight with Oliveira now? We have nobody, [Justin] Gaethje, [Tony] Ferguson, [Dustin] Poirier, or [Michael] Chandler. Who can be next?" he added.