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“Don’t agree with Chandler being in there” Islam Makhachev thinks Michael Chandler is undeserving to fight for Khabib’s vacant title

Islam Makhachev of Russia poses on the scale during the UFC 242 weigh-in at The Arena on September 6, 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

Charles Oliveira will fight Michael Chandler for the UFC lightweight title that Khabib Nurmagomedov vacated last week. However, Islam Makhachev thinks Chandler does not deserve a title fight now.

According to the UFC’s decision, former Bellator Lightweight Champion Chandler will join the clash against Oliveira. Chandler signed with UFC in September 2020, and the next fight will be his second fight. Apparently, he is very lucky to have a title bout so quickly.

Islam Makhachev thinks Chandler should not get the title bout so early. “I don’t agree with Chandler being there. He had one UFC fight and he hasn’t been tested,” he said in an interview. On top of that, Chandler’s first fight escalated fastly, and it was not enough to offer him a title fight.

The 29-year-old year thinks Gaethje should have gotten the offer instead of Chandler. Further, he explained, “That first fight ended quickly. I think [Justin] Gaethje or Dustin Poirier could’ve fought for the title.” But UFC has its own plans about selecting the player. The fans will get to know the actual plan after the lightweight title fight.

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Islam Makhachev will fight Justin Gaethje

There has been speculation that Makhachev will fight Justin Gaethje in the next few months or so. The interviewer asked if the fight is theoretically possible. The Russian think it is possible as they know each other. “Justin and I know each other, but it is not like we’re friends. It’s possible. He is free now,” Islam agreed to the speculation. 

Moreover, Makhachev will love to fight Justin anytime and he said, “Why not? I’d love to fight him.”

Islam Makhachev of Russia compete against Davi Ramos of Brazil in their Lighhtweight Bout

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Islam Makhachev of Russia compete against Davi Ramos of Brazil in their Lighhtweight Bout during the UFC 242 event at The Arena on September 07, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

But Islam Makhachev wants to fight Tony Ferguson instead of Gaethje. After Makhachev won his last fight against Drew Dober, he invited Ferguson for a fight. However, Makhachev cannot fight Ferguson for now as he will need to win another fight to challenge someone from the top five.


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