Chael Sonnen stunned Arman Tsarukyan turned down Islam Makhachev at UFC 302: 'It's not a good suggestion traditionally'

by Christina S. Brown
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Chael Sonnen questions Arman Tsarukyan’s determination to not struggle Islam Makhachev at UFC 302.

After defeating Charles Oliveira at UFC 300 in April, Tsarukyan turned down a short-notice alternative to problem light-weight champion Makhachev earlier this month. Makhachev confronted Dustin Poirier as an alternative, submitting him in Spherical 5.

Tsarukyan (22-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) is the present No. 1 contender. Nonetheless, Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) is extra desirous about different choices such because the welterweight title and even Conor McGregor, over working issues again with Tsarukyan.

Sonnen thinks Tsarukyan might now have missed out on his title alternative.

“Any person in that spot can be very susceptible to have that spot taken,” Sonnen stated on his YouTube channel. “Tsarukyan was provided Islam. The very struggle that Dustin Poirier simply did was provided to Tsarukyan. … I used to be stunned that he stated no. It’s not a good suggestion, traditionally talking, within the UFC – and it is a 99 %: It’s not a good suggestion to show down fights.”

Sonnen can also be stunned that no different light-weight contender has issued Makhachev a callout, or tried to take Tsarukyan’s title rivalry spot.

“There’s not a 155-pounder on the market who has known as out Islam, for one, however who has gone after Arman’s spot, for 2,” Sonnen stated. “And what a susceptible place that’s, by utilizing the info, by utilizing the reality, by mentioning the very fact (Tsarukyan) turned it down, it’s considered one of this stuff. I don’t suppose Islam himself who doesn’t overly need to do the struggle – Islam simply needs new matchups. I feel all of us perceive that.”

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