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Dana White fires back at Islam Makhachev’s UFC 284 promotion claim: ‘He doesn’t know anything - he lives in Dagestan’

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You know nothing, Islam Makhachev.

Dana White disagrees with Makhachev’s recent comments regarding the promotion — or lack-thereof — of UFC 284, which takes place this weekend (Sat., Feb. 11, 2023) in Perth, Australia. UFC’s reigning Lightweight champion is just days away from his massive, first-ever title defense against Featherweight kingpin, Alexander Volkanovski. In Makhachev’s point of view, the build-up to the big event has been lacking.

The UFC boss, White, offered his thoughts earlier today (Tues., Feb. 7, 2023).

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“Yeah, that’s not true,” White told The Jim Rome Show (h/t MMA Fighting). “First of all, I’ve talked to Islam. First of all, who interviewed him? Who translated for him? I mean, the guy speaks Russian. Taken out of context.

“First of all, he lives in Dagestan,” he continued. “What does he know about what’s going on for the promotion of the fight? He doesn’t know anything. It’s going to be one of the top-five biggest fights of all time. First of all, the event sold out. Right? You couldn’t get a ticket if you wanted to get a ticket in Perth. And this thing is trending right now to be the biggest pay-per-view event in Australia, which, it’s like six percent behind the Conor McGregor [versus Dustin] Poirier 3 fight. It’s probably going to break the record. So to say that the fight hasn’t been [promoted], that’s just ridiculous. That’s what you call some internet B.S.”

Since the idea of the bout came to fruition, it’s been billed as the No. 1 vs. No. 2 pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, according to the promotion’s rankings. If Volkanovski pulls off the upset, he’ll be crowned a double champion and hold his top spot on the rankings list. On the flip side, Makhachev would continue his momentous run, rattling off a 12th straight victory.

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