Rising UFC Lightweight star Islam Makhachev has thumbed up to the callout from Michael Chandler, as well as stating that he will be making easy work of the former Bellator champion in the Octagon.
Islam Makhachev accepts callout from Michael Chandler
Seen as the successor to Khabib Nurmagomedov in keeping the Dagestani domination in motion in the Octagon, Islam Makhachev is one of the most exciting fighters on the current UFC roster.
With a 22-1 MMA record and having been undefeated in his last 10 UFC fights, Makhachev is seen as a future world champion and is on the wishlist of many fellow 155-pounders, including Michael Chandler.
In a response to Charles Oliveira, who picked Conor McGregor to fight for the vacant lightweight title, Chandler asked Oliveira to wait for McGregor’s return while he takes on Makhachev for the vacant belt.
“Hey, Charles, do your thing, bro. Wait till Conor comes back, do your thing, you deserve it. On a couple fight win streak, smashing through everybody,” Chandler said in a clip posted on his Instagram story, “Why don’t you sit out? Wait for Conor to come back, I’ll keep the division warm, I’ll keep the division going. I’ll fight Islam next, I’ll fight Islam next for the title. And then whenever you get your so-called superfight, do your thing, get it out of your system, then you can come back to our division. See you at the top,” Chandler added. [H/T BJPenn.com]
A couple days after the invitation from Chandler, Makhachev tweeted out his response, saying that it will be an “easy money” to take on the fight.
“Easy money…title is the goal, no matter who. Let’s go”, tweeted Makhachev.
— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) July 6, 2022
Even though both fighters are inclined to lock horns for the 155-pound belt, its finally up to the UFC prez Dana White, as he earlier stated that it would be Oliveira who will be the number one contender for the vacant title, in the wake of “Do Bronx” defeating Justin Gaethje after being stripped off the title at UFC 274 for missing weight.
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