Dominance and MMA promoter Ali Abdelaziz is really excited about lightweight contender Islam Makhachev. Following Tony Ferguson’s frustrating loss to Beneil Dariush at UFC 262, concerns about the former’s future seem to have resurfaced.
With ‘El Cucuy’ having lost all three of his previous fights by a wide margin, many say he is nearing the end of his illustrious UFC career. Ferguson is set to embark on a new adventure after he recently dismissed the possibility of retirement.
Ferguson received a response from Abdelaziz while taking to Twitter to dispel the rumour. In response, Abdelaziz said the following, implying a war between Ferguson and the rising Makhachev.
“Let’s go champ @MAKHACHEVMMA he will be ready for you.”
Makhachev, who is currently on a seven-fight winning streak, has been a dominant force in the UFC’s lightweight division. It is said that other fighters of different divisions are refusing bouts with him. He is certainly one of the most hated fighters on the roster. The 29-year-old has also shown tremendous potential by improving his all-around game.
According to former UFC two-division champion Daniel Cormier, the mere mention of Makhachev’s name causes fear. In reference to rated lightweights who are avoiding a possible matchup with the Dagestani, he made it clear that no one seems keen.
“Nobody will fight him. Islam [Makhachev] is just gonna smash ’em all. He’ll beat ’em all. I know for a fact, [the fight] was offered to [Paul] Felder, it was offered to RDA, it was offered to a number of guys in that top 10, and these guys won’t fight him,” he said.
I don’t know what more he can do but just to compete, make money, and keep working his way toward the championship. It’s very reminiscent of when Kamaru Usman was coming up.”
While many in the UFC’s 155-pound division will turn down Makhachev, Ferguson is expected to have a different approach. Ferguson is a one-of-a-kind athlete who has never ducked an opponent in his entire career. With his promise to stay in the UFC, a possible fight against Makhachev may be on the horizon.
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