Muhammad Mokaev says he’s the best doubtless challenger for Alexandre Pantoja, down for Would possibly maybe turnaround at UFC 301

LAS VEGAS – Muhammad Mokaev thinks everything has lined up for him to be the next title challenger at 125 kilos.

With accidents and losses plaguing various the quit contenders, Mokaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) believes he has a transparent path to the belt have to unruffled he take this Saturday at UFC Fight Evening 238. Mokaev takes on mild Alex Perez (24-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) on the major card of the UFC Apex card, and he’s already performed the mathematics wanted for him to fight Alexander Pantoja subsequent.

“Brandon Royval, I mediate he has (a torn) ACL,” Mokaev acknowledged on Wednesday on the UFC Fight Evening 238 media day. “Brandon Moreno is 0-3 against Pantoja. (Brandon) Royval is 0-2 against Pantoja. (Manel) Kape also can very neatly be going to accept as true with one extra fight because he didn’t invent weight closing time. (Amir) Albazi is injured. Kai Kara-France has a concussion because when I asked to fight him, Mick (Maynard) acknowledged he’s got a concussion, and he received’t be ready to fight.

“Now, I’m the best doubtless challenger, but I in fact must beat Alex Perez in a ambitious manner.”

Many expected to explore Moreno get the next shot at Pantoja, but this past Saturday he lost to Royval – who turned into once coming off a loss to Pantoja. Even though no longer legit, many request the UFC to pray to e-book Pantoja for UFC 301, which takes set on Would possibly maybe 4 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pantoja’s dwelling metropolis.

Mokaev is aware about this card and the doubtless interest of getting Pantoja protect his title there. And though it’ll also merely appear fancy a transient turnaround, he’s bigger than down to fight for gold on that date.

“That’s 10 weeks from March 2, I already counted,” Pantoja acknowledged. “I’m ready. Luxuriate in I acknowledged, I in fact accept as true with great skills in amateur occupation, so I can fight every weekend.”

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