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It’s time for Makhachev to leave the division. No one stayed at lightweight

Date: June 17, 2024 Time: 03:41:39

It’s time for Makhachev to leave the division. No one stayed at lightweight

June 19, 2023, 15:00 Moscow time

At welterweight, Islam will be much more interesting.

Charles Oliveira’s confident victory over Beneil Dariush not only brought the Brazilian back to life, but also sent the entire lightweight division into deep crisis. The promotion’s management is now unable to find an opponent for Islam Makhachev, because he is far superior to any potential opposition.

This is not a typical situation for the UFC, but now at lightweight it is almost impossible to name a fighter who can definitely undermine the position of Islam. Everyone was counting on Dariush, but the last fight showed that the Iranian’s abilities were still overrated. Makhachev himself was asked which challenge he now considers the most interesting, and he replied: “Dustin Poirier.”

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Of course, he referred to the great name of the American, since Dustin is really one of the most media fighters in the UFC. However, will he be able to impose competition on Islam? There are great doubts about it. Poirier is a boxer without a fight, whom Islam will drag to the ground and break. It’s harder with Justin Gati in this regard, as he’s a staple fighter himself, but Khabib and Oliveira played him easily. Chandler and Fiziev have the same shortcomings, and Arman Tsarukyan is still far from revenge. Yes, there is Oliveira, who says that in the first battle with Islam it was not himself. But Makhachev is corny stronger.

A full-fledged stalemate has begun in the division, new tops have not yet appeared, and the old ones have been studied by everyone, and they basically fight only among themselves. The situation is similar to what Alex Volkanovski found himself at featherweight. Only the Australian cleared the division from him and, by default, Islam is considered far above any lightweight, which has a rational grain.

Now Makhachev should fight only Volkanovski, who managed to give the Russian a close fight? This is also not the best option. A revenge is quite possible, but not in the near future, and besides, however close the first battle was, Islam won it. If Dagestan receive a standard recovery time, and not as they were in Australia, then there is a risk that we will see another Makhachev domination in the Octagon.

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In such a situation, Makhachev should think about moving up to a higher weight class, where Leon Edwards still rules. The Brit is a tough all-rounder who can cause a lot of trouble, but his style suits Islam. Perhaps this is now the most convenient welterweight for Makhachev. And in general, the opposition in the welterweight division is higher. The same Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington, Belal Muhammad and Shavkat Rakhmonov, plus new tops coming up.

Of course, the transition doesn’t have to happen overnight. We need to carefully prepare, and then we will wait for Makhachev in a new weight class. And with two belts.

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Puck Henry
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