Islam Makhachev is seen by many as the next air to the throne, after Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement. He was recently scheduled to face Rafael Dos Anjos, but pulled out due to health issues.
According to sources, he is now being targeted to return against Drew Dober. Dober is currently on a three fight win streak, all of which coming via KO/TKO.
Dober is also 6-1 in his last seven fights and ranked #15 in the Lightweight Divison, just 2 spaces behind Makhachev who is #13.
The two were previously scheduled to fight back in 2016, but it was cancelled after USADA informed Islam Makhachev of a potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation involving Meldonium, a prohibited substance, stemming from a recent out-of-competition sample collection.
According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN, the UFC is once again targeting the two to fight, next March.
UFC targeting a lightweight fight between Islam Makhachev (@MAKHACHEVMMA) and Drew Dober (@DrewDober), per multiple sources. No official date yet, but March 6 is an option. That's a damn good matchup.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 10, 2020