Islam Makhachev Warns Alexander Volkanovski Away From Potential Lightweight Surge

    ByRoss Markey

    Apr 13, 2022
    Islam Makhachev

    Streaking UFC lightweight contender, Islam Makhachev has urged featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski from pursuing a lightweight division move, and, in particular, a shot at divisional gold next – insisting he’s still in line to land his premier tilt.

    Islam Makhachev, undefeated in his last 10 consecutively, met with short-notice replacement, Bobby Green in the main event of UFC Vegas 49 in February – stopping the San Bernardino veteran with a series of first round ground strikes.

    Makhachev was initially slated to draw fellow contender, Beneil Dariush at the event, with the latter suffering a fractured fibula ahead of the event, forcing his withdrawal.

    Following his one-sided finish over Green, Makhachev insisted that he had earned his first shot at lightweight gold, however, an apparent refusal to fight former champion, Rafael dos Anjos on short notice just a week later, led to UFC president, Dana White, confirming plans to reschedule Makhachev against Dariush in a title-eliminator

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    Off the back of his featherweight title defense against Chan Sung Jung in the main event of UFC 273 last weekend, Volkanovski welcomed a potential future opportunity to challenge for lightweight spoils – insisting he would be keeping a close eye on May 7. proceedings before champion, Charles Oliveira, and challenger, Justin Gaethje at UFC 274.

    Islam Makhachev warns Alexander Volkanovski to remain at the featherweight limit

    However, responding to Volkanovski’s idea, Makhachev has suggested he continue at featherweight – warning him from a lightweight division leap.

    “Hold your horses, cowboy,” Islam Makhachev posted from his official Twitter account. “You have division full of young sharks, more than enough to stay busy. LW (lightweight) title fight is mine. (target emoji).” 

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    Amongst his 10 fight winning run, Makhachev, a teammate of former undisputed lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov and trainee at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California – has defeated the likes of Dan Hooker, Thiago Moises, Drew Dober, Davi Ramos, and streaking division upstart, Arman Tsarukyan.