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Tsarukyan is not ready for a rematch with Makhachev. The future fight will take Armand out of the belt for a long time.

Date: July 23, 2024 Time: 01:58:18

In the last UFC 300 tournament, Arman Tsarukyan managed to confirm his title ambitions, defeating Charles Oliveira not without difficulties. Already in the first round, the Brazilian was very close to finishing off Armand with a guillotine. Furthermore, the grip was very strong, but the Akhalkalaki man came out and was even able to take the first position. And at the end of the fight, Oliveira again tried to choke his opponent, but failed to complete the clinch and ultimately lost by split decision.

Of course, Tsarukyan’s target remains Islam Makhachev. Armand mentioned the current champion again, remembering that five years ago he gave a close fight and now he asks for a new opportunity. Islam has already reacted and wrote on social networks: “Get ready, see you soon, boy.”

In addition to the victory, an unpleasant incident happened to Tsarukyan at the tournament:

“I’m from Russia, don’t do that.” Tsarukyan hit a fan and severely accused the UFC

In addition, immediately after the fight with Oliveira, Tsarukyan was offered to headline the UFC 302 tournament, which will take place in seven weeks. According to the fighter’s manager, Sayat Abdrakhmanov, this was decided on the spot and, after Armand’s refusal, Dustin Poirier received the opportunity to win the title. And Tsarukyan himself said that he would then fight the winner of the fight. This will most likely be closer to the end of the year.

Arman Tsarukyan and Charles Oliveira

Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

However, not everyone was impressed by Tsarukyan’s performance. Many fans believe that it is too early for Arman to fight for the title; The fighter’s first coach, Sergei Torosyan, shares the same opinion: “I think that now he does not need to fight with Makhachev. Having seen how Makhachev fought Oliveira and how Tsarukyan fought Oliveira, I can say that he does not need to fight Makhachev now. Now we have to train, choose more time and prepare for an opponent. We need to perfect freestyle, take a good freestyle wrestler from our Dagestan friends. Simply defending yourself from a fight and working at a distance, as Arman said in a press conference, running away from him, pushing him a couple of times and winning, is definitely not about Islam. This is not possible with Islam, it will pressure, work, impose its fighting technique. Therefore, we need to bring the fight to his level, or even better.”

The coach’s thesis is very correct. Thanks to the fight, Tsarukyan managed to win the fight with Oliveira, but it will be very difficult to fight Islam in this way. Even if Makhachev ends up on the ground, then he has more experience there, more options to sweep or simply move up under Arman. Furthermore, Islam is progressing very well in stand-up: he knocked down Oliveira before the end, he simply knocked out Volkanovski with a high kick and in the first fight he sent Alex to the canvas twice.

Islam Makhachev

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The champion simply has more keys to victory, he is a very high-level fighter and it is no coincidence that he occupies first place in the pound-for-pound ranking. And at the moment, Tsarukyan doesn’t look like the man to unseat Makhachev from the championship throne.

On the other hand, after defeating the first number in the division, Tsarukyan himself takes his place and becomes the main contender. Poirier will be next to fight, Gaethje is coming off a loss, Michael Chandler has a fight scheduled and Mateusz Gamrot is still far from the title race as he hasn’t defeated anyone in the top 5.

Makhachev has already received a top-level opponent:

The Russian champion returns. Makhachev will defend the belt of Khabib’s victim

Arman is the fair and most logical contender, but there are doubts about his chances of taking the title from Makhachev. At the same time, he showed that he is not in the top 5 for nothing. Tsarukyan won’t turn down a title opportunity. The only problem is that in case of defeat, no one will be interested in listening to Arman. He will talk about how he deserves a rematch, but the 0-2 with Islam will keep him from the belt for a long time.

Tsarukyan has something to think about. Armand achieved the fight of his dreams and the paradox is that this could knock him out of the title.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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