Russian fighter Islam Makhachev officially became a member of the top ten UFC lightweights, taking the tenth line in the division’s ranking.
The updated rating was published by the official website of the organization.
Nevertheless, in fact, the Russian is the eleventh member of the top ten, since he shares the last line in it with the American Paul Felder, who, according to Makhachev, refused to fight him.
At the same time, the Brazilian Rafael Dos Anjos, who also did not want to fight Makhachev, remained in seventh place in the division, and another candidate for a fight with the Russian fighter, New Zealander Dan Hooker, took the eighth place.
29-year-old Islam Makhachev leads a series of seven victories, finishing in the last fight with a hand triangle choke of American Drew Dober.
In a recent interview, the manager of the Russian, Rizvan Magomedov, announced that his fighter would be headlining the event for his next fight.