Islam Makhachev Open To Fight With Conor McGregor – “Why Not? People Have To Be Stupid To Say No”

Despite the UFC’s lightweight champion Islam Makhachev imminently defending his title versus Dustin Poirier this June, it seems he would be already willing to plan a next bout versus Conor McGregor if the opportunity presented itself.

UFC 302 will go down on June 1st from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Makhachev will look to defend his title over Dustin Poirier, while “The Diamond” will take what is likely to be his last crack at championship gold.

On a recent episode of the ‘Pound 4 Pound‘ podcast, with Kamaru Usman and Henry Cejudo, Makhachev expressed his recent interest in facing McGregor, and it seems he would even be willing to face him in the near future, assuming they are both successful in their upcoming matches.

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“[Dustin Poirier] finished Conor twice, brother, everybody can finish Conor 10 times,” Makhachev said. “Why not? People have to be stupid to say no. Of course I will fight him. I’ll fight next in October or November, [or] I can fight August or September with McGregor.”

McGregor is set to make his first appearance in the Octagon since breaking his leg versus Pooirier in 2021, when he squares off with Micahel Chandler at UFC 303 on June 29th. While it is obvious that a turn around of August would be outrageous for either competitor, Makhachev suggesting this goes along with his brand of seemingly being willing to fight at any time.

Clearly, there are no current plans in place for what would surely be labelled a ‘super fight’, the MMA community is speculating heavily given the fact that Makhachev is in his prime and the long awaited return of McGregor is only weeks away. If both win in their upcoming appearances, this matchup could become a real possibility.

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