Could Borrachinha be a 'nightmare' for Makhachev at UFC 302? Statistics haunt champion

Brazilian collects champions' defeats on numbered cards and puts Russian's lightweight belt at risk

The urban legend that hangs over the octagon of UFC may have found a new victim: Islam makhachev. The lightweight champion (up to 70,3 kg.), who is preparing to defend his belt against Dustin poirier No. UFC 302, on June 1st, sees with apprehension the presence of Paulo borrachinha in the co-main event of the event. The reason? A frightening statistic that has haunted the champions since the Brazilian's debut in the organization.

In the last eight fights in which Borrachinha fought on numbered cards, the champions who headlined the event lost. A list that includes names like José Aldo, Michael Bisping, TJ Dillashaw, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Kamaru Usman, Alexander Volkanovsky, Stipe Miocic e Daniel Cormier.

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A true cemetery of titles, where no lineal champion who competed in the main fight in an event numbered after Paulo's debut managed to defend his belt.

Borrachinha: the executioner of champions?

Is the “Burrachinha Curse” just a coincidence or does the Brazilian's presence at the event really bring bad luck to the champions? The answer is still a mystery, but the statistic serves as a reminder to Makhachev that danger may be closer than he realizes.

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While Makhachev fears the 'curse', Borrachinha seeks redemption. After the defeat to Robert whittaker In his last fight, the Brazilian seeks to get back on track to winning ways and replace himself as one of the main contenders for the middleweight title. With a record of 14 wins and three losses, the former title challenger knows that a victory over Sean Strickland No. UFC 302 It could be the springboard for another chance at the belt.

Strickland, in turn, will not be an easy opponent. The North American, who lost the belt from middleweight to Dricus du Plessis No. UFC 297, in April this year, boasts a record of 28 wins and six losses.

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