Makwan Amirkhani has all the tools to being Europe's next big thing in the UFC. The 26-year old "Mr. Finland" is a multiple wrestling champion and social media superstar in his home country, has the necessary looks and charisma, a solid MMA record of 13-2, and he recently knocked out veteran Andy Ogle just eight seconds into his UFC debut, which helped him earn a "Performance of the Night" bonus in the process.
But now he might have gotten a little ahead of himself.
Through his officialTwitter account, he asked for his next opponent to be German kickboxing expert Dennis Siver, who fell victim to Irish standout Conor McGregor two weeks ago at UFC Boston.
Give me Siver:)))— Makwan Amirkhani (@MakwanAmirkhani) January 27, 2015
The tweet was a little surprising. At the post-fight press conference in Stockholm - a press conference that he almost solely entertained - Amirkhani said, that he wanted to take some time off to train and get better.
During camp for his UFC debut, he trained striking for the first time, he said. That makes the KO victory over Ogle even more impressive, but raises the question as to why he wants to pick a fight with a bonafide striking expert next.
Siver has yet to respond.