Muhammad Mokaev reacts after Steve Erceg books title shot against Alexandre Pantoja at UFC 301: “I have more finishes in the UFC than he has fights”

By Harry Kettle - March 21, 2024

Muhammad Mokaev has given his thoughts on Steve Erceg receiving a UFC flyweight title shot ahead of him.

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Ever since entering the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Muhammad Mokaev has made it clear that he plans on becoming world champion. Alas, while he dazzled on his debut, some have questioned his ability to consistently finish his opponents at 125 pounds.

Nonetheless, he’s still being looked at as a real contender as we examine the state of the division heading into the rest of the year. Some even thought he would get the next shot at champion Alexandre Pantoja, but in the end, that honor went to Steve Erceg, who will challenge the champ at UFC 301.

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In a recent interview, Mokaev gave his thoughts on this decision.

Mokaev’s confusion

“They gave the opportunity to ranked No. 10, Steve Erceg, who has only three fights in the UFC,” Mokaev told talkSPORT. “I have more finishes in the UFC than he has fights in the UFC. I don’t know why they’ve done this, but what me and my team decided, I’m fighting everybody in this division. They can delay, but they cannot deny my destiny.”

“They told me before the fight, if you finish Alex Perez, you’re fighting for the belt,” Mokaev said. “I didn’t finish Alex Perez. I didn’t feel well in the morning of the fight. I know casual fans don’t care how you feel. They will say, ‘Excuses,’ but it’s not just me, 95 percent of the fighters don’t feel well in the training camps. Not going into fights 100 percent, it was me that fight.”

Quotes via MMA Junkie

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