BREAKING: Islam Makhachev Takes On Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 267 in October

Published 08/03/2021, 2:19 AM EDT
CALGARY, AB – JULY 28: Islam Makhachev of Russia celebrates after his submission victory over Kajan Johnson of Canada in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Scotiabank Saddledome on July 28, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Islam Makhachev will return to action against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 267. The pair would have clashed in 2020. However, injury to Makhachev forced him to withdraw. Nevertheless, the fight is finally happening, and it is expected to be a barn-burner.

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The UFC 267 pay-per-view will take place on October 30. The lightweight duo will clash in a 3-round contest. Makhachev and Dos Anjos have had some back-and-forth exchanges recently on social media. The former lightweight champion issued a warning to his Dagestani opponent after the official announcement of the contest.

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He’s been talking a lot of cr*p, let’s see who is who now,” Dos Anjos said to ESPN in a recent interview. “I’m looking at this as a No. 1 contender’s match, The winner should fight for the title,” said Makhachev’s manager Ali Abdelaziz.

If Islam wins, he should fight for the title next. And I’m predicting a finish by submission late in the second round or early in the third,” Abdelaziz added further.

In his last fight, Makhachev defeated Thiago Moises via a submission. This was his second submission win this year as he defeated Drew Dober at UFC 259 in the same way.

Islam Makhachev vs Rafael Dos Anjos: early breakdown

Dos Anjos has fought only killers throughout the course of his UFC career. The former champion has also faced former lightweight kingpin and Makhachev’s training partner, Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, he was out grappled in that contest. Many believe Makhachev possesses a similar style to ‘The Eagle’. Hence, this may be a deja-vu experience for Dos Anjos.

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The UFC 267 bout will be Makhachev’s biggest test to date and his performance here will be an indication to his ability to compete with the top fighters.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 14: Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil reacts after his victory over Paul Felder in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Dos Anjos is coming off a win against Paul Felder in his last fight. He announced his return to the lightweight division, where he was once a champion, in style. A successful outing against a prospect like Makhachev will make him relevant as a title challenger yet again.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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