Islam Makhachev’s group is not offering up on obtaining him an opponent for UFC 254, and now lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is featuring a potential title shot to Michael Chandler if he defeats Makhachev.
Previously nowadays it was revealed that Islam Makhachev has been officially taken out from UFC 254 following the marketing unsuccessful to locate a substitution for Rafael dos Anjos, who was compelled to withdraw from his bout from Makhachev thanks to contracting the coronavirus two months out from the fight. Because that revelation, Makhachev’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz offered Tony Ferguson $200,000 to action in to struggle Makhachev, only for Ferguson to convey to him what he could do with his dollars.
It has not stopped there, although. As Chael Sonnen has arrive ahead to relay a message to the public, most precisely Michael Chandler, about another generous reward for agreeing to battle Makhachev, with the ailment becoming acquiring the victory.
“He stated, ‘there’s no one particular I’m closer to than Islam,’” Sonnen unveiled on his YouTube channel about a telephone phone he obtained from Nurmagomedov. “And he claimed, ‘I’m telling you proper now, if Michael Chandler beats Islam, I will see Michael Chandler (as) the #1 contender, and I want you to get the information out.’”
“I said, ‘OK, Khabib, when I get the message out, I’m gonna say you referred to as me, you explained to me this.’ He goes, ‘That’s what I’m executing. Get that message out.’”
Khabib has designed a reputation as a guy of his word who does not submissively agree to no matter what the UFC has in mind. He is also a big proponent of meritocracy and deserving a title shot. That reported, if Michael Chandler does just take Khabib on his offer and combat Islam Makhachev and come out with a victory, it appears to be probable, if not incredibly very likely that Khabib would in fact lobby for Michael Chandler to get the next title shot.
At the second, nevertheless, Chandler has his sights set specifically at the world title, with Chandler remaining the present-day substitution fighter for the UFC 254 main party concerning Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. It appears useful for Chandler to face Makhachev whilst nevertheless being that substitute fighter, but there has been no word on this staying a attainable circumstance outside of the message Khabib has sent out by means of the courier recognized as Chael P. Sonnen.
What do you make of Khabib’s proposal to Michael Chandler?
This post very first appeared on MMANews.com on 10/14/2020.