Islam Makhachev campaigns for grudge fight with Conor McGregor after UFC 302: ‘It looks more interesting’

Islam Makhachev campaigns for grudge fight with Conor McGregor next that's the more interesting fight

Undisputed lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev has staked his claim for a grudge fight with former two-division titleholder, Conor McGregor in his return to the Octagon next following his win at UFC 302 – claiming the clash is “more interesting” to him that other matchups.

Makhachev, the current undisputed lightweight champion and pound-for-pound number one ranked contender, headlined UFC 302 last weekend in New Jersey, successfully defending his crown in a fifth round win over commo-foe, Dustin Poirier.

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Landing an impressive submission victory, Makhachev battled through some significant adversity against the lightweight striking veteran, to land a D’Arce choke win,  turning in his third successful defense of the 155lbs title.

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And immediately linked with a title fight rematch against the surging number one ranked, Arman Tsarukyan in his return after his win in ‘The Garden State’, Makhachev’s coach, Javier Mendez instead suggested a pairing with the above-mentioned, McGregor next.

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Islam Makhachev plays up Conor McGregor fight

Amid continued speculation regarding his own UFC 303 return – slated for later this month in a welterweight fight against Michael Chandler, Makhachev, who claimed he was unsure if the Dubliner would ever fight again, staked his claim for a defense, however still.

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“To be honest, the (Conor) McGregor fight looks more interesting in terms of media, and in all respects,” Islam Makhachev told Ushatayka of who he would like to take on next. “But I don’t think he’ll ever show up for his next fight [at UFC 303]. We’ve all seen that video – plus, they [the UFC] cancelled the press conference.”

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“I don’t think he’ll be able to make it to the fight,” Islam Makhachev continued. “Even if he does [fight at UFC 303], I think (Michael) Chandler will win. He’s more focused, he’s been training hard, he looks more hungry.

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