The UFC has added a high-profile light-weight matchup between Rafael dos Anjos and Islam Makhachev to UFC 267.
Either side have agreed to the 155-pound contest, which is able to happen on Oct. 30. The UFC has not introduced a venue for the occasion, however it’s anticipated to happen in Abu Dhabi.
Dos Anjos (30-13) and Makhachev (20-1) have gone forwards and backwards on social media this month, concerning a possible combat. They have been truly scheduled to sq. off final October, however dos Anjos examined optimistic for COVID-19. The combat was rebooked in November in Las Vegas, however Makhachev withdrew this time on account of sickness.
Dos Anjos, of Rio de Janeiro, advised ESPN on Monday he campaigned for the combat to be 5 rounds however was unsuccessful.
“Islam does not need to combat 5 rounds,” dos Anjos advised ESPN. “That was my request, nevertheless it did not work out. So, wonderful. Let’s do three then. He is been speaking lots of crap, let’s examine who’s who now. I am able to go. This can be a title eliminator my eyes.”
Makhachev’s supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz, advised ESPN the Dagestani light-weight by no means had a desire between three or 5 rounds.
“The UFC supplied a three-round combat and Islam stated, ‘Sure,'” Abdelaziz stated. “We do not care in regards to the variety of rounds, it is no downside. The UFC requested for this, and that is what the UFC bought. I am this as a No. 1 contender’s match. The winner ought to combat for the title.”
A former champion, dos Anjos is coming off a break up determination win towards Paul Felder in November. Previous to the win, dos Anjos had competed at welterweight for 3 years.
Makhachev, an in depth good friend and teammate of retired light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, is on an 8-fight win streak. He submitted Thiago Moises in the principle occasion of a UFC Struggle Evening on July 17 in Las Vegas.