Paul Felder Calls Islam Makhachev Boring- States He Would Rather Watch Paint Dry Than Fight Him

Published 05/19/2021, 1:56 AM EDT
BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Islam Makhachev of Russia celebrates after his knockout victory over Gleison Tibau of Brazil in their lightweight bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Islam Makhachev is a highly touted talent at lightweight. The Dagestani fighter is the man elected by Khabib Nurmagomedov to continue dominating the lightweight division as Khabib did for all of his career in the UFC. Makhachev has been on a tear and has not lost a fight since October 2015. 

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A 7-fight win streak shows how good he, but it also has its pitfalls. Finding an opponent to fight with next is becoming increasingly difficult for Makhachev who wants to stay active and is hoping to capture UFC gold as soon as possible. Despite being ranked 10th in the lightweight division and having a 7-fight win streak, Makhachev had to accept a fight against Thiago Moises who is ranked 15th as no one else would accept a fight against him. 

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Paul Felder makes a bold statement on Islam Makhachev 

Recently, a troll criticized Paul Felder for ducking Makhachev to which Felder responded, “Meet me at 29th and wilder. 2:30 today”

Makhachev responded to the tweet saying, “Meet me in the cage, Apex/Las Vegas”. To this, Felder wrote, “I’d rather watch paint dry.”

Makhachev stated in a tweet recently that Felder and dos Anjos were two fighters who had turned down a fight against him when he was looking for an opponent. ‘The Irish Dragon’ is currently on a two-fight skid. He has lost fights against the likes of Dan Hooker and Rafael dos Anjos. Felder is currently ranked 9th, just one spot above Makhachev. A fight between the two men would have been incredibly exciting. However, Makhachev is now set to face Thiago Moises. 

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If Makhachev gets through Moises and extends his win streak to 8-0 it would be tough to deny him a title shot. However, given that the winner of the fight between McGregor and Poirier will be next in line for a title shot, Makhachev might have to wait longer. 

The lightweight division is extremely interesting right now with a lot of good fights that can be made and a new champion who will have a target on his back. Do you think Islam Makhachev will be the lightweight champion before the end of this year?

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