Securing his tenth consecutive victory last night in the main event of UFC Vegas 49, streaking division finisher, Islam Makhachev has insisted a potential future pairing with former duel-weight champion, Conor McGregor presents a wholly “easy” outing for him.
Makhachev, who headlined for the second time in his UFC tenure last night, handed short-notice replacement, Bobby Green an opening round TKO loss via a barrage of ground strikes in the opening round of their 160lb catchweight outing.
Makhachev was initially booked to headline the UFC Apex facility card against the #3 ranked, Beneil Dariush, however, the Iranian suffered a fractured fibula before the card, but off the back of his success against Green, is touted to challenge either Charles Oliveira or Justin Gaethje for lightweight gold next.
Speaking with assembled media post-fight after his stoppage win over Green, Makhachev flirted with the possibility of a bout against Crumlin native, McGregor in the future – insisting the 33-year-old needs to return to the winner’s enclosure first before he would entertain a fight, which he believes he would handily win.
“Honestly, I don’t remember when this guy (Conor McGregor) beat someone,” Islam Makhachev said. He has to come back, beat someone and let’s go. Why not? I’m going to smash him. Easy night. Bobby Green is going to be harder for me than for him.”
Appearing at Bellator 275 in Dublin over the weekend, McGregor spoke with media on numerous occasions throughout the event at the 3Arena, claiming he would likely be prepared to return from his leg injury and make an Octagon appearance by July.
The Dubliner also attempted to entice the aforenoted defending lightweight champion, Oliveira to wait until July to fight him in a lucrative title fight, rather than meet former interim titleholder, Gaethje on May 7. at UFC 274.
The former undisputed lightweight and featherweight champion headlined UFC 264 back in July of last year, suffering an opening round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier, after he fractured his left tibia.
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