Beneil Daraush takes aim at Islam Makhachev

Beneil Daraush takes aim at Islam Makhachev
Published on Mar 28, 2023, 12:02:11 PM
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Islam Makhachev has declared his aim to obtain a second piece of gold after capturing the lightweight title and successfully defending it.

Leon Edwards successfully defended his welterweight championship earlier this month by defeating Kamaru Usman over the course of five rounds in London, England. While Dana White seems to have put the opponent for his second defence in stone following the fight, another famous name wants in on the action.

After Edwards' second victory against "The Nigerian Nightmare," the reigning 155-pound champion announced on social media that he was taking a shot at becoming champ-champ status and invited "Rocky" to defend the title in Abu Dhabi later this year.

While Makhachev can point to a successful defence of his title, that defence came against UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski. The Russian has yet to defend his title against a lightweight opponent should his next fight see him competing for glory elsewhere.

Beneil Dariush criticised his division's titleholder for trying to "run off" to a different weight class during an appearance on Submission Radio rather than working to keep his own progressing.

"I don't understand. Like, what about title defenses?" Dariush said. "I don't know what's going on with him. Why? Maybe he's having a hard time making weight at '55 and he's just like, 'Let's go to '70 and relax.' Honestly, I don't get it. I think he needs to focus on his division. There's a lot of good fighters in this division... I don't know why he's trying to run off to other divisions.”

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