LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Arman Tsarukyan has his eyes set on the owner of “Dana White Privilege.” Tsarukyan picked up his first win of the year at UFC Vegas 75 last night (Sat., June 17, 2023), finishing Joaquim Silva in the third round via technical knockout from inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada (watch highlights).
While it was a solid win, it was meaningless in terms of the division because Silva was unranked; however, it was the only fight Tsarukyan could secure after several ranked athletes allegedly wouldn’t sign a contract to fight the Armenian-Russian powerhouse.
For his next fight, the No. 8-seeded Lightweight wants to fight Michael Chandler or Beneil Dariush. In fact, shortly after the dust settled on his most recent victory, he tweeted at Chandler saying his fight with Conor McGregor isn’t happening.
Hey @MikeChandlerMMA if you think the fight with Conor is still happening you are as dumb as your fight iq— Arman Tsarukyan UFC (@ArmanUfc) June 18, 2023
“Hey [Michael Chandler] if you think the fight with Conor is still happening, you are as dumb as your fight iq,” Tsarukyan wrote.
Nevertheless, during UFC Vegas 75’s post-fight press conference (watch here), Tsarukyan explained the call out.
“If you ask me, I for sure want to fight with Michael Chander because it looks like his fight with Conor McGregor is over,” Tsarukyan told MMAmania.com. “He got to fight with someone, and I’m here, you know. I have a good win streak. Let’s do it.
“Let’s do this fight because I’m the youngest guy in the Top 15, and he’s the older one,” Tsarukyan continued. “I think for fans it is good — like the new generation fight with the [older] generation.”
Tsarukyan also revealed the reason he thinks the McGregor vs. Chandler fight is toast.
“I saw what McGregor is doing,” Tsarukyan said. “He’s relaxing on his yacht. You know, like drinking alcohol, he goes to the beach, smoking weed.... I live in the gym. I train, like, two to three times a day. He doesn’t. He’s not is not going to fight.”
If Tsarukyan doesn’t get Chandler, he will settle for the aforementioned Dariush, who is coming off a first round loss at UFC 289 (watch highlights).
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