Muhammad Mokaev: “UFC can postpone, but not cancel my fate”

Undefeated Muhammad Mokaev, who has defeated former UFC flyweight title challengers in his last two fights, still doesn’t understand why the title shot went to No. 10 Steve Erceg, who will face current division champion Alexandre Pantoja on May 4 at UFC 301 in Rio de Janeiro.

“They gave an opportunity to the number ten ranked fighter, Steve Erceg, who has only had three fights in the UFC,” the British fighter told talkSPORT. “I have more wins in the UFC than he has fights in the UFC. I don’t know why they did it, but me and my team decided that I would fight everyone in the division. They can postpone, but they can’t revoke my fate.”

“Before the fight with Alex Perez, they told me: if you finish him, you will fight for the title. I didn’t feel good before the fight and I didn’t finish it. I realize the cazual fans don’t care how you feel. They’ll say those are excuses, but that doesn’t just happen to me. 95% of fighters don’t feel their best in training camp and come out to a fight not 100% ready, just like I did that night”

Earlier, Muhammad Mokaev, ranked seventh in the lightweight division’s rankings, said he wants to compete at a rumored UFC event in Manchester in July, challenging former title challenger Brandon Royval.