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UFC 301 already has a main event and Makhachev targets Poirier "although he doesn’t deserve it"

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UFC 301 already has a main event and Makhachev targets Poirier "although he doesn’t deserve it"

UFC 301 will take place in Rio de Janeiro next May 4 with the stellar combat between Alexandre Pantoja (27-5) y Steve Erceg (12-1). It will be the second defense of the flyweight title by ‘The Cannibal’ after previously beating Brandon Royval. With Charles Oliveira at UFC 300 and Amanda Nunes now retired, Pantoja was the key to an event in Brazil. As co-star in Ro we will have Michel Pereira against Mahmud Muradov.

The Australian Ecerg, from 28 years old, fight for the title in his fourth fight in the company. Currently the one from Perth – like Jack Della Maddalena – It is number 10 in the ranking, although it is likely that he will rise some position before the date of the evening even without fighting. Pantoja has thus justified that the tenth in the classification -and without a pedigree- is already aspiring to the highest: “For me he is harder than Royval and Moreno, because he comes from the bottom in the classification and has nothing to lose”.

Looking ahead to future events, Islam Makhachev has asked for the time. The Russian recognized that refused to headline UFC 300 in a duel with Leon Edwards because it took place right after Ramadan and he would not be able to train fully during the previous month. The Dagestani accepts the challenge of Dustin Poirier, who started as the ‘underdog’ against the fierce and young St-Denis and has now once again earned an option to fight for the title that he lost against Makhachev’s mentor.

In any case, the Russian undervalues ​​it and sees it as the ‘only one available’: “I know Dustin doesn’t deserve the title fight, but we don’t have any choice right now. I want to fight three times a year and Poirier is free now. […] S that is good there I ask you to fight in June”. Most likely, ‘The Diamond’ wants to go for the championship belt at any price, but what luck would Makhachev have with his latest rivals and the rest period they have between fights.



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