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Why Is Islam Makhachev (#10) Fighting Thiago Moises (UR)?

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  1. UFCIsNOTRigged Purple Belt

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    Islam Makhachev is on a seven-fight winning streak and finished his last opponent Drew Dober which was very impressive.

    Islam at the time he fought Drew Dober was ranked #14 while Dober was unranked. Somehow since his victory over the unranked Dober Islam has managed to become the #10 LW? Now of course Islam did not deserve to climb four spots up the rankings for beating an unranked opponent but the UFC often pushes fighters up the rankings they see potential in so that is business as usual.

    However, instead of the now #10 LW Islam fighting his first ranked opponent it appears he has been booked to fight another unranked opponent Thiago Moises? Moises is a promising young fighter but there are a lot of promising young fighters in the LW division just outside the rankings.

    Fighting is how Islam pays his bills so it would be wrong to scrutinize him for taking a fight, but should he win how can Islam legitimately move up in the rankings? It is illogical that he has even reached #10 without having fought a single ranked opponent.

    The UFC needs to cancel this very pointless fight between Moises and Islam. Book Islam against Michael Chandler or RDA. They also need to start making a point of removing fighters from the rankings who are not accepting reasonable opponents to prevent situations where a fighter can become #10 without ever having fought a single one of his ranked peers.
     
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  2. charalsias Brown Belt

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    Everyone in the top 10 is ducking him that's why.
     
  3. Hellowhosthat Steel Belt

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    I think he's just trying to stay active to stay in the minds of the fans. It's a shame everyone is ducking him.
     
  4. Deadwing88 Thick as a Brick.

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    Because the rest of the top 10 doesn't want to be made to look like white belts.
     
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  6. Kratos94 Blue Belt

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    Makhachev (or his manager) cherry picks his fights. Nurmagomedov at least had to go through tough fights before he got close to the belt
     
  7. mirko>anyone Red Belt

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    If Islam can stay healthy he will champ within 2 years.


    He should be fighting Hooker or Felder next, and then either a TS or a #1 contender fight.
     
  8. Rocket Punch Blue Belt

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    It's absolute bullshit. How tf is he supposed to move up the rankings at this rate? Ridiculous.
     
  10. Deadwing88 Thick as a Brick.

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    Yep..

    Cherrypicking Drew Dober, Arman Tsarukyan, Davi Ramos, and Thiago Moises..

    3 fantastic grapplers and a KO artist.
     
  11. Orochimaru 大蛇丸 Red Belt Platinum Member

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    I don't know it's pretty annoying

    It feels like Islam has been around forever, we all know he's good

    Give him someone like Gaethje, where we know he's legit if he wins
     
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  12. Kryptt Dead Belt Platinum Member

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    Someone will eventually have to face em or lose their ranking.

    Wish if any chicanery was to be continuously pulled by Dana it would be more of that!
     
  13. Orochimaru 大蛇丸 Red Belt Platinum Member

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    I don't think they cherry-pick fights, but I think they are really particular about when they want to fight and fighting under the right circumstances

    Khabib was the same, don't blame them
     
  14. Deadwing88 Thick as a Brick.

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    If you couldn't tell.. I was being sarcastic in that post.

    Neither Khabib or Islam have cherrypicked.. especially Islam who's consistently fighting unranked beasts.
     
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  15. Ackmed Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    Islam is #9 contender now (to be confirmed tomorrow).

    The whole lightweight division moves up one number in the rankings because Charles will have C instead of having a #.

    It's not just if you win but how you win. He toyed with Dober plus other guys ahead of him were inactive hence him moving up several spots after beating Drew.

    Similarly I bet he'll move up from #9 to #6 or #7 after beating Moises...because it doesn't look like Felder and Hooker will fight by then...and Tony should come down.
     
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  16. UFCIsNOTRigged Purple Belt

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    This appears to be the prevailing narrative but the UFC was able to pressure Leon Edwards, who was in the top three of his division, to accept a fight against an unranked opponent (Khamzat).

    I do not believe they cannot find him a matchup with any of his ranked peers at LW. If that is the case they should take back control of their division by un-ranking fighters who are inactive and not accepting reasonable bookings.

    Islam does not deserve to move up the rankings any further without fighting a guy with a number next to his name; regardless of whether he beats Moises.
     
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  17. Raymundo Alvarado Guevara Purple Belt

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    He wants to fight, that's all
     
  18. Orochimaru 大蛇丸 Red Belt Platinum Member

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    Yeah I got that

    I just think people accuse him of cherry-picking because he has pulled out before, and he doesn't fight often... same as Khabib
     
  19. DebtCollectorMMA Brown Belt

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    Cherry picking and padding record like his pal
     
  20. waldywaldy lol motherfuckers

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