Hardest fight and no profit? Former champion warns Islam Makhachev about UFC challenge

Former training partner, Daniel Cormier gives advice to Makhachev and suggests 'escape' against Arman Tsarukyan

Islam Makhachev is the current lightweight champion. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Islam makhachev is the current lightweight champion. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

In the world of fighting, strategy is as important as brute force. And it is along these lines that the former champion of UFC, Daniel Cormier, comes up with some peculiar advice for the lightweight champion (up to 70,3kg.), Islam makhachev. In an interview with ESPN, 'DC' suggested that the Russian avoid a confrontation with Arman Tsarukyan, even if he wins Charles of the Bronx No. UFC 300, scheduled for April 13th.

According to the former fighter, the rematch against the Armenian would be the most difficult fight for Makhachev and would not make sense at this moment. He believes that the champion should focus on other opponents, such as Dustin poirier, Justin gaethje ou Max Holloway, opponents who would bring more visibility and profitable opportunities.

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“I believe the fight against Tsarukyan is the most difficult. I don't know if this is the most profitable fight for Makhachev. Who you don't want is Arman Tsarukyan. Not because you're afraid of him, but you don't want to because it doesn't seem to make sense,” Cormier said.

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The former champion argues that Makhachev, considered one of the best fighters in the world, UFC, he must look for opponents who will elevate him to his ultimate legacy in the lightweight division.

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“If I am Islam, I do exactly what he is doing now: insisting on a fight with Dustin poirier in July or, if Justin gaethje beat (Holloway), a fight against him in October, in Abu Dhabi. If Max Holloway beat (Gaethje), I say I want to face him”, added Cormier.

At 31 years old, Islam is considered one of the best fighters in the UFC, with a dominant fighting style based on wrestling and sambo. Khabib's pupil leads the organization's weight-for-pound rankings and has a record of 23 wins and just one defeat in his career.

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