According to the latest information, UFC lightweight fighter Islam Makhachev has lost interest in fighting his longtime rival Rafael dos Anjos. Although their failed fight was still debated last week when the Dagestani wanted to step in as a replacement for Rafael Fiziev, he eventually gave up and the fight against the RDA failed.
He then bravely jumped in as a replacement for Renato Moicano, who, let us remind you, had an infamous time because he was brutally beaten by the RDA, sending a clear message to his lightweight competitors. Although the result of that fight was obvious that the RDA is in shape and living its best days, Makhachev did not agree and in a conversation with ESPN came to the opposite conclusion: the RDA is not at his level!
As a reason for that, Makhachev added that the RDA is an old man for him and he is not in the TOP 5 lightweight fighters, and he obviously concluded that this fight would not bring him too much. As we already know, Dana White did not receive the best news that Makhachev gave up the fight after he initially offered to jump in as a replacement and that this is not in his favor can be seen from the fact that he is moving further and further away from a potential title attack-
Dana White on Makhachev
Dana White insists that Islam first play a match against Beneil Dariush, against whom Makhachev was supposed to fight on February 26 (the second month), but that fight was canceled due to Dariush's injury.
Many believe, including Joe Rogan, that this is actually paving the way for Conor McGregor to directly attack the title, which is probably not so far from the truth. Whether Makhachev really gave up the fight against the RDA for the above reasons or is it something else, we will probably not find out so soon.
The fact is, of course, that the RDA looked pretty intimidating in their last match so we can only guess what could be the real reason for avoiding the aforementioned fight. Islam Makhachev is one of the best fighters within the category and shows that he has been a top fighter for a long time.
Many predict a title for him that isn’t far off at the moment, but UFC looks to have some other plans they’re trying to fulfill. We hope to see him in the fight for the title as soon as possible because he is capable of winning it.