It looks like we’ll be hearing for a while about who should be the next challenger for the UFC lightweight champion. Of course, it refers to the period after champion Charles Oliveira made the match against Dustin Poirier.
That fight is scheduled for December this year, December 11 to be exact. Still, Justin Gaethje and Islam Makhachev have already started lobbying for their place as the next challenger, and there’s Beneil Dariush who is right between them in the standings.
Makhachev is not a big supporter of the story and "trash talk", so we are already hearing less and less of him. However, Justin Gaethje has decided to be extremely loud and takes every opportunity to highlight himself as the next challenger.
It should be taken into account that "Highlight" has emphasized in recent years that he does not plan to be in sports for a long time and that is probably one of the reasons why he wants this opportunity as soon as possible.
Justin on Makhachev
Justin was a guest on the UFC Unfiltered podcast and once again tried to explain why Makhachev doesn’t deserve to get that chance, despite nine wins in a row. '' Makhachev fought the 14-man (Thiago Moises) and came in fifth.
He then had a fight against Dan Hooker who jumped in as a late replacement. " "This is not Dan Hooker with a complete training camp. It doesn't count too much, but still, those are two Top 15 opponents, and none of the Top 5.
Only one of his opponents was in the Top 10. " "That's not the way this works. '', Justin began, and then suggested to Makhachev what he must do to deserve an attack on the UFC lightweight belt. "Do your job, fight such guys (those from the Top 5).
Beneil Dariush is here. Do it, it has to be done, '' Gaethje said. By the way, Beneil Dariush is the quietest in this whole story, and he is a fighter who is in a series of seven victories. His brilliant series of victories seems to many even more impressive than Islam’s.
Dariush convincingly defeated Tony Ferguson in his last appearance and is currently third in the UFC Lightweight Challenger rankings. As for Justin Gaethje, he sees himself as safe in the position of the next challenger.
"Highlight" is convinced that Dustin Poirier will defeat Charles Oliveira, and then he will get a chance for a rematch against "Diamond". The two of them had their first match in 2018, and then Poirier celebrated with a knockout in the fourth round.