Khabib Nurmagomedov has insisted that UFC president Dana White has “no different alternative” than to offer Islam Makhachev a shot on the light-weight title subsequent trip.
Khabib relinquished the belt in October 2020 as he retired simply moments after submitting Justin Gaethje to stay unbeaten at 29-0.
Charles Oliveira then gained the vacant gold final Might and retained it towards Dustin Poirier in December. The Brazilian was set to defend the belt towards Gaethje within the UFC 274 foremost occasion final Saturday however was stripped of the title after lacking weight.
Oliveira submitted Gaethje however was ineligible to win again the belt on account of lacking weight, although the UFC named him the official No 1 contender, with a title shot awaiting “Do Bronx” in his subsequent contest.
Oliveira will want an opponent for that bout, nonetheless, and Khabib has insisted that Makhachev – his childhood good friend and mentee – must be the person to face the Brazilian for the vacant title.
“@danawhite you haven’t any different alternative however make Oliveira vs Islam combat in Abu Dhabi 22 October,” Khabib wrote on Twitter on Sunday, referring to the scheduled UFC 281 card.
“Good date, Good location, Good opponents with good profitable streaks 10 vs 11.”
Makhachev final fought in March, bettering his report to 22-1 by stopping Bobby Inexperienced within the first spherical. The end result additionally prolonged the Russian’s win streak to 10, together with his final 4 victories having come through stoppage.
Inexperienced was a last-minute substitute for Beneil Dariush, whose conflict with Makhachev may nicely be rescheduled and happen within the coming months. Clearly, nonetheless, Khabib would favor for Makhachev – whom he coaches – to face Oliveira for the title as an alternative.
Oliveira’s victory over Gaethje prolonged the 32-year-old’s win streak to 11 and improved his data for many finishes and most submission wins in UFC historical past.