Islam Makhachev states that divisional rival Michael Chandler doesn’t should have to struggle Charles Oliveira for the vacant UFC lightweight title.
Previous week, Makhachev’s very good friend, former UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov, announced his retirement from MMA. That indicates the 155lbs belt is now vacated, and the advertising rapidly moved to e book Chandler vs. Oliveira in the main event of UFC 262 in Houston for the vacant title. It’s a good battle on paper between two of the leading-five ranked lightweights in the UFC, but some believe that it wasn’t the right combat to make.
Oliveira has gained 8 straight fights in the UFC, so most men and women predicted him to struggle for the vacant belt following, but some, including Makhachev, really do not agree with Chandler finding the title shot in excess of the likes of Dustin Poirier or Justin Gaethje. That’s for the reason that, as superior as the former Bellator champion is, he’s only had a single fight in the UFC, a KO acquire more than Dan Hooker at UFC 257. That a person acquire pales in comparison to what other people have finished in the Octagon.
Speaking to RT Sport, Makhachev criticized the Oliveira vs. Chandler matchup. In his impression, the UFC must have booked Oliveira towards possibly Gaethje or Poirier, as an alternative.
“Honestly, I think Oliveira justifies it. He’s acquired a very good gain streak, but I really don’t agree with Chandler remaining in there. He had 1 UFC battle and he has not been tested. That initially battle finished quickly. I imagine Justin Gaethje or Dustin Poirier could’ve fought for the title. But the UFC generally has their individual options,” Makhachev claimed.
Gaethje is not content that he was handed more than for the title, although Poirier was probably handed above for the reason that he’s additional anxious about receiving a trilogy dollars struggle with Conor McGregor. But Makhachev does have a place. As terrific of a career as Chandler’s experienced, most of it took position outside the house of the Octagon. For the fighters who have been battling it out in the UFC for yrs, it’s not uncomplicated to settle for a newcomer getting given the title shot just before them.
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