July 22, 2024

‘The rest of you can take a seat’… Arman Tsarukyan provides an update following his recent suspension

UFC lightweight contender Arman Tsarukyan has provided an update following his recent nine-month suspension for throwing a punch at a fan during his UFC 300 walkout this past April.

Arman Tsarukyan was fined and suspended for nine months for his altercation with a fan during his UFC 300 walkout this past April when he beat Charles Oliveira.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission will reduce the suspension to six months if ‘Ahalkalakets’ participates in an anti-bullying public service announcement, meaning he could compete towards the end of October.

Arman Tsarukyan of Georgia has his hand raised over Charles Oliveira of Brazil in a lightweight fight during the UFC 300 event at T-Mobile Arena on...
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Arman Tsarukyan provides an update following his suspension

Prior to his suspension, the consensus was that the 27-year-old would fight the current champion Islam Makhachev next, but after being handed his suspension, fellow lightweight contenders have begun to throw their names in the hat.

The aforementioned ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira is hopeful that he can sneak his way into the next title shot, despite his last fight being a loss to Tsarukyan.

The former champion posted a picture of the 155lb rankings on his X, captioned, ‘#2. #UFC. #LetsGoChamp.’

The 34-year-old was scheduled to rematch the Russian champion at UFC 294 in October last year, but he withdrew from the bout only a few weeks out after suffering a devastating cut in training.

Oliveira isn’t the only one who has been campaigning to take Tsarukyan’s place, as fan favorite, Michael Chandler, has also been teasing on X recently that he has been offered a title fight by the UFC.

Despite both lightweight’s hopeful wishes, the Armenian is still likely the next title challenger as he is able to return to action in October if he participates in an anti-bullying campaign.

Makhachev has made it clear that he wants to defend his title in Abu Dhabi on October 28, at UFC 308, and Tsarukyan’s suspension will have been served by then.

“I’m the one fighting for the title next. The rest of you can take a seat #AndNew,” Tsarukyan posted on X.

Islam Makhachev searching for new contenders

Although the 32-year-old is hopeful of facing some new targets, there is a lack of new contenders for him near the top of the 155lb division.

It was reported this past weekend that Benoit Saint-Denis will take on Renato Moicano in the main event of UFC Paris on September 28, however, the winner will likely need one more before they’re considered for a title shot.

Recent title challenger, Dustin Poirier, also campaigned for a rematch against Makhachev recently, but he was quickly shut down by the Russian.

Even though Tsarukyan wouldn’t be a new fight for Makhachev, their first fight came in ‘Ahalkalakets’ UFC debut in 2019, and he has since beaten several lightweight contenders.

Makhachev will likely be keeping a close eye on the UFC 304 main event between welterweight champion, Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad, as he remains hopeful that he can eventually move up in weight to secure a second belt.

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