Islam Makhachev shows discontent with the UFC days before superfight with Alexander Volkanovski

Recently, Alexander Volkanovski’s opponent, Islam Makhachev, expressed his dissatisfaction with the UFC’s seeming lack of promotion for their impending match at UFC 284. When the lightweight champion squares up against the current featherweight champion in a superfight in Perth the following week, he will likely face his toughest test to date.

The two champions will square off for the 155-lb belt and the No. 1 ranking pound-for-pound. Many in the MMA community have questioned the lack of promotion and advertising for the impending pay-per-view given the high stakes of the fight.

Islam Makhachev suggested that more could be done in a recent interview with RSport Russia to energise the fight. Makhachev pointed up that Dana White hasn’t mentioned much lately about the fight:

I can see that it’s not a significant promotion. Dana White himself is having issues, therefore he is not paying close attention to this battle. Yes, there was room for improvement in the pay-per-view department. Volkanovski and I only met once, in Sydney. A conference might be conducted in America, and a tour could be planned across the globe. [Adapted from MMA Junkie]

Islam Makhachev now has an amazing 11-fight winning run. In the main event of UFC 284, he’ll try to end Alexander Volkanovski’s incredible 22-fight winning streak. This fight is unlike any other because the two competitors are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 pound-for-pound.

Over the past few weeks, Dana White’s Power Slap has been, to put it mildly, inevitable over the UFC’s social media accounts. Notably, Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie recently drew attention to the disparity between Power Slap’s and UFC 284’s promotions:

“While Islam Makhachev could certainly do more self-promotion in American media, he’s also not wholly in the wrong here. There has only been one mention of UFC 284 in the previous 50 tweets from the UFC account. Comparatively, Power Slap has 9 posts.”

Islam Makhachev unfazed by Khabib Nurmagomedov’s absent

At UFC 284 the following week, lightweight champion Islam Makhachev will take on pound-for-pound ruler Alexander Volkanovski in an attempt to defend his championship. Khabib Nurmagomedov won’t be in his corner, though, unlike his recent fights.

The Eagle revealed earlier this year that he would step down as a coach to spend more time with his family. Makhachev has admitted that he won’t be affected by the disappearance of his mentor.

Makhachev discussed Nurmagomedov’s absence in a recent interview with Fox Sports Australia, saying that he had been in touch with the UFC Hall of Famer during training camp:

I can relate to him since, despite being retired, he continued to travel extensively with the entire squad. Additionally, you want to spend time with your family once you retire. I engaged in a few battles without him by my side. He offered me sound advice for this battle. We discussed this conflict. He gave it to me. We’ll have to see since I have to battle.

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