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UFC’s Islam Makhachev Rips Michael Chandler: I Want ‘Actual Opponent’ for Title Struggle

Mike Chiari @@mikechiari Featured Columnist IV July 2, 2024 Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev took a shot at Michael Chandler on Tuesday, one day after Chandler said he had been offered the opportunity to fight Makhachev. Chandler posted Monday on X that he was offered on October title bout

UFC’s Islam Makhachev Rips Michael Chandler: I Want ‘Actual Opponent’ for Title Struggle

Mike LogoFeatured Columnist IVJuly 2, 2024

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - JUNE 01: Islam Makhachev of Russia prepares to face Dustin Poirier in the UFC lightweight championship fight during the UFC 302 event at Prudential Center on June 01, 2024 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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UFC light-weight champion Islam Makhachev took a shot at Michael Chandler on Tuesday, at some point after Chandler stated he had been supplied the chance to struggle Makhachev.

Chandler posted Monday on X that he was supplied on October title bout with Makhachev, however expressed his want to face Conor McGregor at Sphere in Las Vegas as an alternative:

Michael Chandler @MikeChandlerMMA

I have been supplied @MAKHACHEVMMA in October – but when @TheNotoriousMMA little pinky toe is prepared by Sept, let’s do sphere. Largest sporting occasion in historical past of sports activities!!!! @RiyadhSeason #ufc306

Makhachev responded Tuesday, calling Chandler “unreliable” and noting that he desires a “actual opponent.”

Makhachev Islam @MAKHACHEVMMA

You’re unreliable dude, one tweet out of your grasp, and you may run away.
Champ wants actual opponent.

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Chandler had been scheduled to conflict with McGregor at UFC 303, which occurred final weekend, however the fight was postponed resulting from McGregor struggling an damage.

McGregor has not fought since struggling a damaged leg in a loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in 2021, but it surely was broadly assumed his hiatus would come to an finish when he and Chandler had been chosen as opposing coaches on The Final Fighter.

The stage was utterly set for his return struggle towards Chandler, however within the wake of the competition getting known as off, it’s unclear when or if it can get rescheduled.

Makhachev, 32, has been certainly one of UFC’s most dominant fighters since debuting with the promotion in 2015.

Whereas he misplaced his second UFC struggle to Adriano Martins, Makhachev has since reeled off 14 consecutive victories, together with beating Charles Oliveira for the vacant UFC light-weight title at UFC 280 in 2022.

Since then, Makhachev has overwhelmed Alexander Volkanovski twice, and he defeated Poirier by fifth-round submission at UFC 302 final month, bringing his profession file to 26-1.

The 38-year-old Chandler has been on the reverse finish of the spectrum lately, dropping three of his previous 4 fights.

Since beating Dan Hooker at UFC 257 in 2021, the previous Bellator light-weight champion has misplaced to Oliveira and Justin Gaethje. He bounced again with a win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 in 2022, however Chandler’s most up-to-date bout was a loss to Poirier at UFC 281 in November 2022.

On condition that Chandler lately misplaced to fighters who Makhachev was in a position to beat, it’s truthful to marvel if Chandler would have a reliable likelihood to dethrone the Russian star.

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As of now, it would not sound as if Makhachev or Chandler or within the struggle, but when their social media feud continues, it may compel UFC president Dana White to wish to make it occur.

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