Makhachev's performance doesn't convince Tsarukyan and possible challenger says 'easy fight' against champion

Number one in the lightweight rankings suggests favoritism in a possible clash against Russian star

I. Makhachev defeated A. Tsarukyan in 2019. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

the performance of Islam makhachev No. UFC 302 not convinced Arman Tsarukyan. In an interview with 'The MMA Hour', the number one in the lightweight ranking (up to 70,3kg.) expressed disappointment with the Russian star's performance in the victory against Dustin poirier. For a possible fight, the Armenian even suggested favoritism against the category champion.

“It would be a very easy fight for me. I could cancel his wrestling too (like what Poirier did). He (Makhachev) got tired. When you're exhausted, you can't do anything. Even though you have the greatest skills in the world, if you are tired, you lost,” said Tsarukyan.

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No UFC 302, Islam entered the octagon for his first engagement in 2024. Against Dustin, the Russian experienced a true battle and managed to overcome his opponent with a submission in the fifth round.

The positive result marked Makhachev's third title defense. Previously, the pupil of Khabib Nurmagomedov scored two victories against Alexander Volkanovsky.

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Probable challenger for the title, Arman Tsarukyan He is going through a great phase in his career. Riding on four consecutive victories, the fighter overcame Charles of the Bronx on your last appointment.

The achievement against the Brazilian star gave the Armenian a significant leap into the division's elite. Today, the fighter is only behind the champion in the group rankings.

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