Former UFC champion Dos Anjos called Russian Makhachev an imitator of Nurmagomedov Islam Makhachev. A skirmish between the athletes erupted on Twitter.
Both compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The 37-year-old fighter reacted to the attack from Makhachev. The Russian posted a video of a brawl between Dos Anjos and McGregor, where an Irishman insulted a Brazilian. “There were no guards around,” Makhachev wrote, hinting at Dos Anjos' inability to stand up for himself.
In response, the former UFC champion called Makhachev an imitator of Khabib Nurmagomedov. “How many times have you fought champions? How many times have you led the card? You're being promoted solely because of your brother. Stop mentioning me with your dirty mouth, imitator of Khabib, “Dos Anjos said.
Makhachev has been called Nurmagomedov's successor in the UFC more than once. The latter, in particular, sees his protégé as the holder of the organization's lightweight title. Makhachev will hold the closest fight in February. Beneil Dariusz will be his rival.