UFC lightweight prospect Islam Makhachev is all set to take on the fellow lightweight brawler Bobby Green at UFC FIGHT NIGHT 202. Islam was expected to fight Beneil Dariush who pulled out of the fight just two weeks before and now is replaced by Bobby Green. Leading up to the fight, Islam was expected to get a title shot if he gets past Beneil as both of them are top-ranked fighters. But now since Dariush is replaced by an unranked Bobby Green, the chances of Islam getting the title shot next after a win seems in jeopardy. Ahead of this fight, Islam Makhachev’s head coach at AKA, Javier Mendez says that he feels that his fighter might not get the title shot next instead he will be left behind by the former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
According to Javier Mendez, UFC also gives importance to the stardom and money that a fighter can bring. He feels that even though Conor McGregor is on a two-fight losing streak the chances of him getting a title shot before Islam Makhachev who is on nine-fight win streaks are higher.
“I'm prepared for whatever they do, and I'm not going to be upset one way or another. Do I think it's fair? Absolutely not. If Islam doesn't get the title fight should he beat Bobby, it's not fair. But nothing is fair.”@akajav on McGregor potentially retuning to a title shot. pic.twitter.com/sCTtLUMaFz
— Submission Radio (@SubmissionRadio) February 22, 2022
“I’m prepared for whatever they do, and I’m not going to be upset one way or another. Do I think it’s fair? Not. If Islam doesn’t get the title fight should he beat Bobby, it’s not fair. But nothing is fair.” @akajav on McGregor potentially returning to a title shot.”
“That’s part of the game. He carries the big numbers, so whatever the UFC decides,” Mendez said to Submission Radio about McGregor. “I’m expecting anything can happen with the guy that has the power to do that. Do I like it? Absolutely not. But do I have a choice? Absolutely not. To me the rankings are bulls**t. They always have been bullshit. They’re still bulls**t. So, I don’t really care about the rankings.”
“Whoever gets that opportunity, it’s like I always say, this is not a true sport, this is entertainment first, sport second. In the entertainment value, the UFC wants the most money. Who’s going to create the most money for them? That’s where they’re going to go. And guess what? That’s what they’re going to do,” Mendez continued about Conor McGregor. “So, we’ll see what the UFC wants. I’m prepared for whatever they do, and I’m not going to be upset one way or another. Do I think it’s fair? Absolutely not. If Islam doesn’t get the title fight should he beat Bobby, it’s not fair. But nothing is fair. Look what Khabib had to do to get to where he was at. He had to go through a lot of crap too.”
Conor McGregor is coming off two back-to-back losses against Dustin Poirier. Currently, he is recovering from the injury he suffered in his last fight against Poirier at UFC 264. On the other hand, Islam Makhachev is all set to get a win over Bobby and extend his winning streak to 10. If things lined up in a perfect way for him, Islam Makhachev might actually fight the winner of Charles Oliviera and Justin Gaethje.
Do you guys think Conor McGregor will get a title shot anytime soon?
- Islam Makhachev to fight Bobby Green at UFC FIGHT NIGHT 202
- Javier Mendez says Conor McGregor will be getting a title shot before Islam
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