Islam Makhachev will challenge former champion Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira for the vacant lightweight belt at UFC 280 on October 22. Coming into the fight, Makhachev has ten straight wins, with six finishes, but has been criticized that the victories didn’t come against top ranked opponents, while Oliveira fought the very top of the stacked lightweight division.
One who believed that the Dagestani is over-hyped is Michael Chandler who gave MMA Fighting his take on the UFC 280 headliner.
“Nothing against Islam, you say he looks great, you say he looks unbeatable at times, but he hasn’t really fought anybody,” Chandler said. “That’s really the truth. He beat No. 14 and then he beat Dan Hooker, who was on a three or four-fight losing streak. Now people will say, ‘Well, one of your wins was against Dan Hooker, what are you talking about?’ I fought Dan Hooker at a different time. He had just gone 25 minutes with Dustin Poirier, who at that time was the No. 2 lightweight on the entire planet.
“I’m not saying that is not that good. We just can’t say that he’s that good yet. It’s premature praise.”
Islam Makhachev responds to Michael Chandler
However, Makhachev quickly turned to social media to reply to Chandler.
“Haha., your only two win in UFC is Hooker who came out of loss, and Tony who has 5 losses in the row now., please shut up and stay in line,” Makhachev wrote on Twitter.
Haha., your only two win in UFC is Hooker who came out of loss, and Tony who has 5 losses in the row now., please shut up and stay in line🤐 https://t.co/DXPrf3A9dX
— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) September 26, 2022