Dana White recently made official what the MMA community has known for a long time. That was that Khabib Nurmagomedov has officially retired, and vacated his UFC Lightweight Championship after a historic run in the promotion.
With the belt up for grabs, the UFC sharply made official a bout between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler for the 155lbs title. It’s a fight between the #3 and #4 ranked Lightweights, and one that has received mixed feedback from both fans and fighters.
Islam Makhachev is not only the long time friend and training partner of Khabib, but he’s also the #11 ranked Lightweight in the UFC. He’s coming off an impressive win over Drew Dober, and many around him believe he will be the next to rule over the division, as Khabib once did. Until then, Makhachev is unhappy with who the UFC has chosen to be next in line for a shot, and spoke to RT Sport about the announcement.
“Honestly, I think Oliveira deserves it. He’s got a good win streak, but I don’t agree with Chandler being in there. He had one UFC fight and he hasn’t been tested. That first fight ended quickly. I think Justin Gaethje or Dustin Poirier could’ve fought for the title. But the UFC always has their own plans,” Makhachev said.
One thing’s for sure, the UFC’s Lightweight division is stacked full of talent. Fighters such as Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, Justin Gaethje and many more will be looking for their chance at gold, and it’ll be interesting to see how things play out in 2021.