Islam Makhachev gave his predictions for fights between Poirier vs. Oliveira and Gaethje vs. Chandler later this year.
The fifth number of the lightweight rating in the UFC, Islam Makhachev, believes that a victory over Rafael Dos Anjos in the next fight will open the door for him to fight for the status of a contender for the title. With the two aforementioned match-ups being on the horizon, there’s one man who thinks he’s got a good idea of what’s going to happen – and that’s Islam Makhachev himself.
“Regarding Oliveira/Poirier, I would favour Poirier, because he’s been there and done that, fought all of the toughest guys, all the top guys – that’s why I would pick him.”“As for Gaethje/Chandler, it’s a great fight for the fans. I think everybody looks forward to it – even more than Poirier/Oliveira. I think they will just rumble and show us a good scrap and I believe Gaethje is a bit tougher. Chandler hasn’t fought such tough opponents in the UFC yet but Gaethje has fought everybody. I think it’s like 60/40 that Gaethje will win.” ,Islam Makhachev said.