Rafael dos Anjos Claims Islam Makhachev Asked For $1 Million To Fight Him At UFC 272

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 7, 2022
    Rafael dos Anjos

    Former undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos has claimed that he had been informed the #3 ranked contender, Islam Makhachev had requested a fight purse in the region of one million dollars to score a short notice UFC 272 pairing with him last weekend.

    Prior to his one-sided unanimous decision victory over Renato Moicano over five rounds on Saturday night, dos Anjos, the #6 ranked contender at lightweight, was linked to a short notice pairing with the streaking, Makhachev for the event – after three failed prior matchups before the two.

    A slot opened in the co-headlining clash of UFC 272, with originally slated featured, Rafael Fiziev returning a positive COVID-19 test. However, despite initial interest in a bout against dos Anjos, Makhachev and co – according to UFC president, Dana White then turned down a 170lbs short notice matchup with dos Anjos.

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    However, in turn, Makhachev had claimed that White had simply fallen asleep too early during the night, as negotiations rolled on, resulting in the UFC eventually landing on a catchweight pairing of dos Anjos, and the aforenoted, Moicano.

    Prevailing in an impressive unanimous decision win, Niteroi native, dos Anjos told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that he was informed that Makhachev had asked for a sum in the region of one million dollars to take a fight against him on short notice.

    “I heard he (Islam Makhachev) asked for like a million dollars or something to take the fight,” Rafael dos Anjos said. “But no other explanation.”

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    The aforenoted, White also confirmed that the promotion now plans to book Makhachev against originally slated UFC Vegas 49 foe, Beneil Dariush once the Iran native returns from a fractured fibula, with many believing Makhachev, had earned his premier title tilt with the organization off the back of his dominant win over Bobby Green two weeks ago.

    According to dos Anjos, Makhachev’s dismissal of the bout against him resulted in him losing his title challenge in the future.

    “It feels great,” Rafael dos Anjos explained when asked how he feels about a matchup between Makhachev and Dariush. “I even texted Beneil (Dariush), ‘Now I got your fight (with Makhachev) back’. That’s the price he (Makhachev) pays for playing these little games. He had his title shot secured now he’s gotta fight another one (contender).”