Following the recent announcement, Habib Nurmagomedov officially Retirement and abandonment of the £ 155 beltThe promotion has moved a new direction for the division in a vacant title match between Chandler (22-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Charles Oliveira (30-8 MMA, 18-8 UFC). .. UFC 262..
Darish, who was booked to fight Tony Ferguson in the same UFC 262 lineup at the Toyota Center in Houston on May 15, said he didn’t expect Chandler to be on the side of the title battle. Opportunity after recording only one octagonal appearance.
“I’m very surprised,” Darish told MMA Junkie. “I was shocked. I’m like,” Really? ” I don’t downplay his pedigree because he understands he’s been in the sport for a long time, but there was one fight with Dan Hooker in the UFC. It seemed to me that Dan Hooker didn’t show up. I thought they would at least try to take him to someone else. I thought they were. They were trying to take him to Justin (Gaethje), and now we are here. So (I) was shocked. “
Darish does not consider Chandler to be the most suitable candidate for that title shot position, but said he can see the good points of the situation. It’s good to see the clarity and progress of the weight class for him, especially as UFC President Dana White was very reluctant to accept Nurmagomedov’s retirement.
The UFC lightweight belt hasn’t been defended more than once a calendar year since 2013 and has been consistently and slowly burning in arguably the most stacked division of the sport. Darish doesn’t like to put Chandler in such a prominent place in the post-Nurmagomedov era, but he can set it aside and see all the silver linings.
“It was a struggle (with this division),” Darish said. “But the cool thing is that I’m not 20. I’m a little more mature and I can see things from everyone’s side. I see why Dana does what he does. To Dana There are people who have to answer. You can’t do what you want to do like before. Fighters are trying to do their best for themselves. UFCs are trying to do their best for themselves. , Everyone is trying to meet on the way. I think that’s where we are now.
“We’re trying to figure out how we can put all the hips in the seats and let the highest ranked guys compete for the title. Now we’re more focused on the hips than the rankings. I think things will change, but I hope Habib will retire and the match for this title will make things clearer. I hope. “
Darish’s hope is to see himself fight for the title sooner or later. He is in the midst of six consecutive victories and will be able to achieve seven consecutive victories in a marquee match with Ferguson at UFC262.
As a realist who has seen many stages of lightweight, Darish said he knew that defeating Ferguson from pillar to pillar might not result in a title shot. The winner of the Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor trilogy is just around the corner, as is Gaethje, who holds the top spot.
But Darish is convinced he’s not going to wait and see what happens. He doesn’t want to cut corners, he wants to continue to prove his worth. He knows if he will do it, the belt will eventually find that way around his waist.
“I want to go there and I want to rule, so they can say,’Why isn’t this guy talking about the title?’ Then they start talking about me for the title.” Darish said. “I don’t know if I’m going to take the title (fighting Ferguson). Don’t get me wrong, but I don’t know. Who else is there I can fight? I’m looking at the rankings People aren’t winning in the top 10, focus on Tony and then actually see who’s next.
“I’m going to sit down with my coach and manager and spend some prayer time. Next is everyone next. I’m not trying to duck anyone. I’ve been fighting the people behind me I’ve been fighting the people in front of me. If I have to fight someone behind me, I’ll do it. “
Check out the video below to see a full interview with Darish.
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