Islam Makhachev reacts to huge UFC lightweight title fight challenge

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UFC lightweight division fighter Islam Makhachev was recently challenged to a major title match against another top contender, and now the Russian MMA practitioner has given an emphatic response to the comments.

Fellow 155-pound contender Michael Chandler issued the challenge to Islam recently for the two men to compete for the vacant UFC lightweight title.

If the company does decide to run with this contest, it would certainly be a massive opportunity for both men to cement themselves at the top of the pile.

Here is what Islam Makhachev had to say in reaction to the major challenge put forth by Michael Chandler for a UFC title fight.

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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – MAY 07: Michael Chandler celebrates after his knockout victory over Tony Ferguson in their men’s lightweight bout during UFC 274 at Footprint Center on May 07, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

For context, speaking on his Instagram story (via, Chandler said to former Charles Olivera that he should step aside and wait for a bout with Conor McGregor.

He said: “Hey, Charles, do your thing, bro. Wait till Conor comes back, do your thing, you deserve it. On a couple fight win streak, smashing through everybody. Why don’t you sit out? Wait for Conor to come back, I’ll keep the division warm, I’ll keep the division going. 

“I’ll fight Islam next, I’ll fight Islam next for the title. And then whenever you get your so-called super fight, do your thing, get it out of your system, then you can come back to our division. See you at the top.”

Makhachev has now reacted to the comments from ‘Iron’ Mike, tweeting: “Easy money…title is the goal, no matter who. let’s go @MikeChandlerMMA @ufc.”

The 155-pound division of the Ultimate Fighting Championships has certainly been one of the most exciting over the past few years, and a title match between Chandler and Makhachev would be a barnburner.

Having said that, it’s very likely that the company will want to give Oliveira a shot to reclaim his title, especially due to the contentious way in which he was stripped of the belt.

Either way, we absolutely want to see Chandler vs Makhachev at some point in the near future!

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