Charles Oliveira’s unfortunate withdrawal from the UFC 294 main event against Islam Makhachev has sent ripples through the MMA world. The reason behind this sudden change was a gruesome laceration that Oliveira sustained, forcing him out of the highly anticipated rematch. The severity of the injury became apparent as Oliveira shared images of the gash and a brief apology video, both of which have left fans astounded.
In his social media post, Oliveira expressed his regrets and wrote in Portuguese, “Sorry to everyone but you know everything.” The post featured images revealing the extent of the injury, including a visible bandage on his left brow, highlighting the severity of the wound.
UFC CEO Dana White confirmed the unfortunate timing of this injury, revealing that the laceration occurred on the eve of Oliveira’s flight to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, where the fight was scheduled for October 21. The suddenness of the injury presented a challenging situation for Oliveira and his team, leading to a rapid replacement of fighters for the main event.
White mentioned that instead of seeking UFC’s assistance, Oliveira’s team initially attempted to address the problem through their own connections. However, White indicated that they might have made a regrettable decision by not consulting with UFC’s medical experts. He explained that a plastic surgeon could have effectively treated the laceration from the inside-out, ensuring a more secure and timely recovery.
On a separate note, White also acknowledged the potential reluctance on Oliveira’s part to take the risk of participating in a high-stakes title fight with an injury of this nature. In MMA, the health and safety of the fighters remain a top priority, and this laceration was indeed a significant concern.
Charles Oliveira, a former champion, holds an impressive record with notable victories over fighters like Michael Chandler, Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, and Beneil Dariush. His withdrawal from the UFC 294 main event due to this laceration serves as a poignant reminder of the physical toll that fighters endure in their quest for excellence within the Octagon.
Volkanovski allegedly agreed to be the replacement after a single phone call with the UFC brass.
Dana White told media:
“All of that is true. Round five of sparring last night. Before he was supposed to jump on a plane today. He splits his eyebrow wide open and had it stitched up last night. Obviously can’t fly out there with that,” insisted Dana White when discussing the UFC 294 main event collapse. “We would have had him go to a plastic surgeon who would have sewed it from the inside out, you know, get that thing done the right way. These guys never call us like they should when something happens, they call us after they get it stitched up. On the flip side, too, I can see him not wanting to risk it.”