The reigning UFC lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev, who returned home after successfully defending his title in a duel against Alexander Volkanovski, commented on the information that the Australian, despite the defeat, remained on the first line of the ranking of the best fighters of the organization, regardless of the weight category.
“I never expected justice and still don’t, because we, using the example of our other fighters, Magomed Ankalaev, Pyotr Yan, saw what kind of attitude towards us,” the Russian told reporters who met him at the Makhachkala airport. “The main thing is that I drove thirteen thousand kilometers, defeated their champion there, they raised my hand, and with a raised head, confident and with a belt, I came home”
“Maybe it’s because of the attitude to the country. I don’t fit into these games, but I don’t dare to say otherwise either, because if there are no more changes in the rating, I don’t know how else to count. ”
According to Makhachev, he is ready for a rematch with Volkanovski, but is not going to insist on it if the UFC decides to give him another opponent.
“I said so after the fight – it doesn’t matter to me, I won’t wait for someone, call someone. If there is a worthy opponent, and the UFC wants to put someone up against me, I’m ready. Or revenge, or one of the real contenders “
Recall that the lightweight title fight between Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski, who headed the UFC 284 tournament in Perth, went the whole distance and ended with the victory of the Russian fighter by unanimous decision.