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Islam Makhachev discusses former opponent as potential next fight
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Islam Makhachev discusses former opponent as potential next fight

Fighting Dustin Poirier next weekend at UFC 302. Islam Makhachev isn’t looking past The Diamond, but has given his thoughts on his potential next fight.

Islam Makhachev discusses former opponent as potential next fight

When you talk to John McCarthy on the Weighing In podcast. The current lightweight champion was asked about former opponent Arman Tsarukyan and his improvements since their 2019 fight.

The current lightweight champion gave his unfiltered take on Tsarukyan and his skills since their previous meeting.

“Of course he deserves to fight for the title, he has beaten everyone we have at lightweight. But it will be the same (result) you know?” Continuation “I don’t see anything that he has more than me. He has the same wrestling, grappling, hitting skills (as their last battle).”

“He will be champion… Maybe one day, when I retire, but now we are at a different level.”

Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan Future title fight

Although a tough test awaits Makhachev at UFC 302, in the form of Dustin Poirier. The current champion is confident he can remain at the top of the lightweight division. If, and it’s a big if. Islam leaves UFC 302 victorious, preparing perfectly for the Tsarukyan rematch.

Since their last meeting, the Armenian has only lost once in ten fights. A record of 9-1, compared to the champion’s 8-0 at the time. At 27 years old, he is five years younger than the reigning champion. The 2019 fight was his debut, where he was only 23 years old.

Tsarukyan undoubtedly deserves a shot at the title. After defeating both Beneil Dariush and former champion Charles Oliveira in his last two wins. However, Makhachev may look elsewhere for his next challenge, hinting at a move up to welterweight.

Who should be Islam Makhachev’s next fight if he wins at UFC 302?


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