Arman Tsarukyan's coach criticizes Islam Makhachev's possible change of category: 'Clowning'

Marcos Parrumpinha did not hide his irritation with the current lightweight champion, who expressed his desire to change categories

Arman Tsarukyan after victory in UFC 300 (Photo: Instagram/@ufc)

As far as it depends on the Arman Tsarukyan, it will not now be the lightweight champion’s (up to 70,3kg) promotion to the division Islam makhachev. In an interview with the channel 'MMA Hoje', Marcos Parrumpinha, the Armenian's main coach, harshly criticized the champion and called the Russian's attempt to now move to welterweight (up to 77,1kg) 'clowning'.

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“The only title defense against a real lightweight was this (against Dustin poirier). The other two were with (Alexander) Volkanovski, who is in the lower weight class. This thing about winning the belt and already wanting to move up a category, that's a joke. You have to defend yours, brother. That's why I say to (Alexandre) Pantoja: 'We have a lot of things to do in the division'. First, we want to make history at flyweight, then, perhaps, if it is financially viable, we will think about it (a second belt)”, said Parrumpinha.

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Current number one in the ranking, Arman Tsarukyan comes from a resounding victory over the former champion Charles of the Bronx No. UFC 300, held on April 13th. Owner of the lightweight belt, Islam makhachev defended his title for the third consecutive time last Saturday (01) by finishing the experienced Dustin poirier in the fifth round, in the main fight of UFC 302.

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