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Islam Makhachev Calls Out Kevin Lee, Wants Quick Tournaround Fight

January 21, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Islam Makhachev

– Islam Makhachev spoke following his win over Gleison Tibau at UFC 220 about his next fight and more. Highlights are below, via MMAjunkie:

On who he wants to face next: “In the top 15, there are a lot of bum opponents. I think the No. 1 bum opponent is Kevin Lee. UFC, give me Kevin Lee…Kevin Lee (says) about Russian fighters a lot of trash talk. Why not? I want to beat him. I deserve an opponent like top 10, top 15.”

On being willing to make a quick turnaround: “If the UFC gives me a fight in Brooklyn, the same card as Khabib, I start training tomorrow.”

On his confidence against high-tier opponents: “After sparring with Khabib, everybody like, top-15, I think (will be) easy for me.”

On getting the knockout win over Tibau: “I know this is MMA, this is not boxing. This is small gloves. One time, my opponent give me like this punch. Now I give Gleison this punch.”