Makhachev interrupts discussion between Borrachinha and Strickland and provokes Brazilian fighters

At a press conference for UFC 302, Makhachev highlighted the fact that 'finally' a Brazilian is speaking English

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Islam makhachev with the UFC lightweight belt (Photo: Instagram)

Among so many exchanges of provocations carried out at the official press conference for the UFC 302, held last Thursday night (30), one factor caught the attention of the champion Islam makhachev: the good level of English presented by Paulo borrachinha in discussions against Sean Strickland, with whom he has the co-main fight of the event.

During one of the several arguments between the protagonists of the co-main fight, the lightweight champion interrupted the action to congratulate Borrachinha and, in a way, provoke other Brazilian athletes.


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“Finally, a Brazilian fighter trying to speak English. That’s respect, man,” Makhachev pointed out.

Paulo borrachinha, in fact, is one of the Brazilian fighters who best uses the English language to his advantage to gain fans in the United States and around the world. Other very popular Brazilians, such as Charles of the Bronx e Alex Poatán they need translators.


Charles of the Bronx, has even been the target of provocation by Islam makhachev in relation to the subject. In an interview given to the North American 'ESPN' before the title fight in UFC 280, in 2022, the Russian mocked the Brazilian.

“Nobody understands this guy, he doesn’t speak English. English is important if you want to make money. You need to speak the language. Nobody understands what he says.”

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