Arman Tsarukyan Claims He Could Have Defeated Islam Makhachev at UFC 302, Criticizes Champ’s Conditioning

Arman Tsarukyan and Islam Makhachev
Arman Tsarukyan and Islam Makhachev (UFC)

Arman Tsarukyan expressed his belief that he could have easily defeated Islam Makhachev at UFC 302, despite Makhachev’s recent victory over Dustin Poirier to defend his UFC lightweight title. Tsarukyan acknowledged Makhachev’s status as the No. 1 Pound-for-Pound fighter but criticized his performance against Poirier, noting issues with conditioning and speed.

Tsarukyan emphasized the importance of preparation and not underestimating Makhachev, acknowledging him as a formidable opponent. However, he pointed out Makhachev’s tendency to tire in fights, highlighting cardio as a potential weakness to exploit in their hypothetical matchup.

Confident in his abilities, Tsarukyan claimed he could out-wrestle Makhachev, particularly when the latter is fatigued. He cited Makhachev’s past fights, including those against Volkanovski and Dustin, where fatigue appeared to impact his performance.

Arman Tsarukyan and Islam Makhachev
Arman Tsarukyan Says He Could Have Beaten Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 (UFC)

Despite Tsarukyan’s readiness to face Makhachev, the champion has expressed interest in moving up to challenge for the welterweight title. Tsarukyan acknowledged the appeal of such a fight but suggested that Makhachev needs to solidify his dominance in the lightweight division before making the move.

While there is speculation about Makhachev’s next move, Tsarukyan hopes for a rematch with him, with rumors suggesting a possible timeline for the fight at UFC’s annual event in New York in November. Tsarukyan sees Madison Square Garden as an iconic venue and is eager for the opportunity to compete there.

Richard Soriano

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