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Islam Makhachev Calls For UFC 254 Pairings With Michael Chandler, Charles Oliveira, or Dan Hooker

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With former UFC lightweight titleholder, Rafael dos Anjos forced off UFC 254 after a positive COVID-19 test, slated opponent, Islam Makhachev has sights on a new opponent – or three, already.

Rio de Janeiro native, dos Anjos was scheduled to make his first appearance at 155-pounds since his 2016 defeat to former interim champion, Tony Ferguson – after a three-year stint at welterweight. Following a return to his native Brazil to ply his trade at the established Nova União facility – dos Anjos revealed he had come down with a bad case of the novel coronavirus, with doctor’s suggesting his withdrawal from the October 24th. date.

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With the promotion planning on replacing dos Anjos with another opponent for Makhachev on short-notice, the streaking Dagestani has taken matchmaking into his own hands – issuing open invitations to recent signing, former three-time Bellator lightweight gold holder, Michael Chandler, City Kickboxing ace, Dan Hooker, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu standout, Charles Oliveira.

In a series of tweets from his official Twitter account, the six-fight surging Makhachev first called for Chandler, who is set to serve as a backup for the lightweight title unification headliner between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.

RDA is out yo @MikeChandlerMMA here’s yout chance to jump on the island #UFC254

If a matchup with Chandler doesn’t materialise for the October 24th. event – Makhachev has called for grappling maestro, Oliveira whom he was briefly linked with prior to his booking with compatriot, dos Anjos.

Or @CharlesDoBronxs

With Kiwi striking ace, Hooker dropping a high-profile UFC Fight Night Vegas main event opposite former interim best, Dustin Poirier in June – Makachev offered him a return to competition on ‘Fight Island’ as well.

Bulsh*t (sic) guy @danthehangman can come see me too. We don’t need to sell tickets now.

Hoping to crack the top-ten with a victory, the #12 ranked Makhachev has won his last six on the trot – scoring a unanimous judging over grappler, Davi Ramos at UFC 242 in September of last year, also in Abu Dhabi, UAE. 

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