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“I don’t have a job in the division.” Makhachev has no one to fight in his weight category: he needs a second belt

Date: July 14, 2024 Time: 13:44:54

At the beginning of summer, on the night of June 2, Russian UFC champion Islam Makhachev will make his third defense of the belt, and this time his opponent will be Dustin Poirier, who, in turn, will try to win the title for the third time. .

Obviously, Poirier became an option for a title fight in the lack of fish that formed in the lightweight division. Since last year, Justin Gaethje has been considered the most realistic option. He won the BMF belt by knocking out Poirier and was waiting for the chance to fight Makhachev. Islam also mentioned Highlight as a potential opponent and rated him above Charles Oliveira or Arman Tsarukyan.

Islam Makhachev

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Even the Russian fighter’s trainer, Javier Mendez, highlighted Justin, but it turned out that Gaethje self-destructed from the title race. And therefore, less of a possible fight for Makhachev. Mendes also points out this: “In my opinion, of all Makhachev’s possible rivals, the most stylistically dangerous for him was Justin Gaethje. Because of his experience in wrestling and his strong blows. I really thought Justin was our biggest threat. “But now he’s probably out of the title race forever, so there’s no need to talk about him as a threat anymore.”

As a result, there will now be a fight with Poirier, who comes after a successful fight with the number 12 in the division, and Makhachev is already clearly bored in the lightweight division: “I have no interesting fights. Dustin is coming off a win, I already beat Armand. I don’t have a job in my division. Honestly, this is my opinion. They [UFC] “They should give me a chance because I beat them all.”

What to expect from the fight between Makhachev and Poirier:

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The possibility Makhachev is talking about is a fight for the second welterweight belt. Last year we heard that this is a dream fight for Islam, he asked for this fight and there were insiders that he was even offered to face Leon Edwards at UFC 300. But due to the overlap with Ramadan, Makhachev could not compete in this fight . tournament.

Islam is right that it has virtually no one to fight with in its division. And it is important that he does not reject a rematch with Arman Tsarukyan and is willing to accept it. But then there will be the void and the lonely Mateusz Gamrot, who they don’t really want to give the title to. Oliveira and Gaethje come after defeats, the fight with Poirier is already scheduled, Tsarukyan is waiting. And there is no one else.

Arman Tsarukian

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“After the October fight, I said I would be ready in March. And I was ready, but no one accepted the fight. There was no opponent at the time and I said I had done all the work in my division. All the fighters in the top 5 have already beaten each other. I need new challenges, new opponents and a new belt. I’m not underestimating Poirier, but I think I have to finish him off. Then another fight, because the next one will be Arman, and that’s it,” Makhachev summarizes in an interview with the New York Post.

The fight with Arman Tsarukyan will probably take place in October. To do this, Islam needs to face Poirier and face the numbered tournament in Abu Dhabi without injuries. And after this, if he wins, Makhachev will be able to safely gain weight. If everything really turns out that way, Islam will become the sole owner of the record for the number of belt defenses in the lightweight division. No one has defended the title at this weight more than three times, Makhachev has that opportunity.

Perhaps the only person who can stop Islam at lightweight is Conor McGregor. If Notorious beats Michael Chandler, there’s a chance he could demand a title shot. Yes, Conor is unranked and the fight with Chandler is at welterweight, but there are no rules for this guy. And this is beneficial for Makhachev on all sides: a lot of money, publicity and a stylistically convenient opponent.

However, the question will remain: can McGregor even fit the limit of the lightweight division and does he need to fight a man who may cause memories of 2018? If so, Islam will probably remain in the division, barring a fight.

And only then new opponents, new challenges and a new belt.

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