Russia might just have found another top-rated lightweight prospect and rising UFC star in Arman Tsarukyan. The 24-year-old, currently on a two-fight win in the UFC, defeated Davi Ramos at UFC Fight Night 173. Since Russia already has two world champions in Khabib Nurmagomedov and Petr Yan, Tsarukyan wants to script his journey in fashion.
In the post-fight press conference, Tsarukyan reflected on his latest win over Ramos. He also chalked up some plans for his upcoming UFC ride. But, surprisingly, he called out Al I Iaquinta for a matchup.
‘Ahalkalakets’ poured respect on Al for his lightweight dominance. But he equally appeared confident about vanquishing the ‘Raging’ inside the octagon.
The Russian notched an impressive win on his latest appearance and claimed the victory via unanimous decision. Although he is yet to get into the top 10 lightweight rankings, Tsarukyan has already made up his mind regarding a couple of fights.
When asked about his next fight at the post-fight interview, as per MMA Fighting, Tsarukyan said, “I want to fight these top 15, top 10, because my opponent was very great and first Islam and next another guy and now Davi Ramos is a really strong guy. I think I can fight everybody”.
Yet, the Russian specially mentioned Al Iaquinta in the process. And it seems that Al’s commendable performance against Khabib Nurmagomedov is the reason.
“I want to fight Iaquinta because I like him, he is very open and (after) his fight is Khabib Nurmagomedov, everybody knows him in Russia. I think it’s a good fight for me.”
However, the matchup is still up in the air at this point. Al Iaquinta is now the number 10th ranked lightweight. Thus, he has got pretty more options other than Arman Tsarukyan in the 155 lbs roster.
Meanwhile, Tsarukyan is just 3-fights old in UFC. After an unsuccessful debut against Islam Makhachev in 2019, he is on a two-fight win streak. However, he still has to cover a lot of fights in 155 lbs to earn a shot at the top-10. Yet, it isn’t stopping the Russian from determining his upcoming UFC opponents.
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