Islam Makhachev hits back at Dana White after being 'disparaged' by UFC president

Champion reacts to the statement about the legend's legacy in the history of MMA

Islam Makhachev defeats Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 294. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter/@UFC

Islam makhachev exceeds Alexander Volkanovsky No. UFC 294. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter/@UFC

protagonist in UFC 302, Islam makhachev reacted to Dana White's statement, which ignored the Ultimate weight-for-pound ranking and confirmed Jon Jones as the best fighter on his squad. In a press conference moments after crashing Dustin poirier, the lightweight champion (up to 70,3kg.) evaluated the boss's opinion. The athlete, however, avoided entering into controversy with the parties.

“This is his (Dana) opinion. I think I saved the event today, because all these fighters are boring, and the audience was almost asleep. Dustin and I had great performances. Dana gave me two bonuses ($50). If it was my first contract, I would be very happy. Now, it’s just ‘ok,’” Makhachev said.

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Islam was the great name of UFC 302. The challenge marked the lightweight champion’s first commitment (up to 70,3kg) in 2024.

With the victory via submission in the fifth round, the Russian reached the mark of three title defenses. Makhachev has led the division since the end of 2022.

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