I have seen a couple of posts about that Islam Makhachev has been ducking Lee. Where does this delusional narrative come from? I have seen posts about it somehow being "confirmed by Ali". That's just fake news. This is what Islam posted yesterday after Lees latest fight against Oliveira was announced: Also posted this yesterday: Translation: Hard to keep staying in shape for a fight that's not getting announced. Islam Makhachevs and Khabib's Russian manager Rizvan Magomedov commented Islam Makhachev situation recently and said this: https://www.sports.ru/boxing/1082324842.html "I think it will be a top opponent (for Islam) next. We have some candidates, in the next two weeks it will be decided. The candidates that we are considering are Top-10 fighters. We are aiming to get a fight for Islam on 18th of April. - In public he (Kevin Lee) says one thing, but what he says to the matchmaker behind closed doors remains a secret. We don't know if he really wanted a fight with Islam or if he was just drawing attention to himself by saying it. " Islam has been saying this all along: The reality is that UFC doesn't want to make this fight for some reason. I think it's still same explanation as been given before, UFC don't want to push Islam into top-10 because he will not fight for the belt against Khabib.