The lightweight bout between Islam Makhachev and Rafael Dos Anjos, canceled due to the Brazilian’s positive test for coronavirus, will take place three weeks later than originally planned.
Informed sources close to the situation report that the Russian-Brazilian confrontation has added to the card of the UFC Fight Night 182 tournament, which will be held on November 14 in Las Vegas. This explains why Islam Makhachev left Khabib Nurmagomedov’s training camp in a hurry, not waiting for his fight against Justin Geitzhi.
Former UFC lightweight champion, Rafael DOS Anjos, has competed in the Welterweight division for the past three years, where he has had eight fights, winning four and losing four. The 35-year-old Brazilian is currently on a two-game losing streak, losing via unanimous decisions to Michael Chiesa and Leon Edwards.
29-year-old Islam Makhachev leads a series of six wins, in the last match he won by unanimous decision against Davey Ramos.
Michael Chandler explained his refusal to fight Islam Makhachev
Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler didn’t think that his refusal to fight Islam Makhachev would offend the Russian fighter’s fans so much.
The American, who previously said that he did not know Makhachev, claims that his words were misinterpreted.
“My answer is no,” Chandler is quoted as saying by MMAjunkie. “Now we are talking about the next step, so the ship sailed anyway. If I was ready to do something like this, it was for the sake of a fight with Tony Ferguson. At this point, I’m not going to change course and take the fight on short notice. But my words were misinterpreted, so people continue to attack me from all sides»
“When I say ‘people’, I mean Russians and Dagestanis, all those who are on Khabib’s train – there are millions of them, and they continue to press me, call me a chicken and a coward, although I did not sign a contract for the fight, and I was not going to change my opponent, my plan, and everything else in two weeks. Now I am a reserve participant in the title fight, and I am preparing my body, my mind, my soul and my spirit for the next step»
We will remind that Michael Chandler is a reserve participant in the unification match between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaitzy, who will headline the UFC 254 tournament in Abu Dhabi on October 24.
As for Islam Makhachev, he left the United Arab Emirates and flew to the United States, where he will hold his next fight before the end of the year. Sources say that the Russian’s opponent may still be Rafael DOS Anjos, whose fight broke down after the Brazilian passed a positive test for coronavirus.