The former Bellator lightweight champion, Michael Chandler, does not plan to go on short notice to fight against Rafael DOS Anjos, who was left without an opponent due to the illness of Islam Makhachev.
“I’m not afraid,” the American tweeted to a fan who accused him of avoiding a fight with the Brazilian. “We have other plans “
” I was asleep, “Chandler added, explaining why he didn’t respond to DOS Anjos’ call. “Now I explain: we have other plans».
Earlier it became known that due to a Staphylococcus infection, Islam Makhachev will not be able to fight against Rafael DOS Anjos on November 14. Diego Ferreira, Guram Kutateladze, and Russian lightweight Alexander Shabliy, who is currently in Las Vegas, have already announced their desire to take the fight with the Brazilian.
Recall that Michael Chandler has not yet been assigned a fight in the UFC, but most likely the former Bellator champion will make his debut in the organization with a fight against Tony Ferguson.
Alexander Shabliy volunteered to replace Islam Makhachev in the fight against Rafael DOS Anjos
Famous Russian fighter Alexander Shabliy is ready to replace Islam Makhachev and in less than a week to fight against the former UFC lightweight champion, Rafael DOS Anjos.
“Unfortunately, Islam Makhachev will not be able to perform on November 14, I wish him a speedy recovery and return to the ranks as soon as possible,” the Russian wrote on Instagram. “But what I wanted to say is that everyone knows that the current situation is not very favorable due to the pandemic and many fighters are not ready to take the fight on short notice. So UFC, Dana white, I’m here and I’m ready! I am in optimal shape, ready for any conditions, give me the opportunity and you will see for yourself»
Note that the managers of Shablia are Rizvan Magomedov and Ali Abdelaziz, who also conduct the Affairs of Makhachev, and the fighter is currently already in Las Vegas.
27-year-old native of Rostov-on-don Alexander Shabliy leads a series of four victories, and his last fight was held in December last year under the banner of ProFC, winning by unanimous decision Alexander Sidad. The Russian also has a victory over Brazilian Adriano Martins, who once knocked out Islam Makhachev.
Recall that the fight between Islam Makhachev and Rafael DOS Anjos was supposed to headline the UFC Fight Night 182 tournament in Las Vegas on November 14, however, the Russian dropped out of the event due to a Staphylococcus infection.