Islam Makhachev plots division move following UFC 284 win: ‘I want to test myself at another weight class’

Islam Makhachev UFC 284 Weight Move
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Off the back of his close, unanimous decision victory over undisputed featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284 earlier this month, lightweight kingpin, Islam Makhachev has sights on a move to another division – eyeing a second title victory under the banner of the organization.

Makhachev, the current undisputed lightweight champion, headlined UFC 284 earlier this month in Perth, Australia against featherweight titleholder, Volkanovski, landing a competitive unanimous decision win.

The victory came as Makhachev’s twelfth consecutively at the lightweight limit since a KO loss to Adriano Martins, having previously clinched the vacant lightweight crown with an October submission win over Charles Oliveira at UFC 280.

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Islam Makhachev weighs up weight class leap following UFC 284

Weighing up a potential immediate title rematch against New South Wales technician, Volkanovski off the back of his judging win ‘Down Under’, Islam Makhachev also discussed potentially making a division leap in pursuit of a second UFC championship belt.

“I want to test myself at another weight class, because becoming a double champion will go down in history,” Islam Makhachev told Match TV during a recent interview. “I am 100% down for it.” 

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If Makhachev plots a welterweight division move in pursuit of a second Octagon crown, the American Kickboxing Academy staple would be tasked with toppling either current undisputed titleholder, Leon Edwards, or former champion, Kamaru Usman – whom he is a stablemate with under the Dominance MMA banner, with the pair slated to headline UFC 286 next month. 

Earlier this week, Makhachev also took to his official social media in a bid to weigh up his next Octagon walk – with the aforenoted featherweight kingpin, Volkanovski urging him to sign up for an immediate rematch in order to provide fans and spectators another spectacle

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In the immediate aftermath of UFC 284 at the RAC Arena, Volkanovski and Makhachev both appeared to welcome the opportunity to share the Octagon with each other again – with the former offering to travel to Abu Dhabi, UAE this time around in pursuit of gold.