February 25, 2024

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Islam Makhachev aims for a second UFC title

Islam Makhachev, the reigning UFC lightweight champion, has his eyes set on a future retirement as he continues to make waves in the world of mixed martial arts. Following his knockout victory over Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 294, Makhachev outlined his ideal path toward a future retirement in an interview with the Ushatakya YouTube channel during the IBA Champions’ Night event. When asked about the performance of Arman Tsarukyan against Beneil Dariush, Makhachev expressed little interest in rematches and instead set his sights on a title defense against Justin Gaethje. Regarding a potential rematch with Charles Oliveira, Makhachev hinted that it is not in his interest to be rebooked.

Looking ahead to the future, Makhachev emphasized that his main goal is to claim the welterweight title, regardless of the opponent, as his dream fight. He expressed a desire to win both belts and defend them, signaling his intention to compete for a few more years before retiring. As he aims for the welterweight title, the champion will have his eyes on the UFC 296 main event, where Leon Edwards will defend the championship against Colby Covington.

For the full interview with Islam Makhachev, viewers can visit the Sportskeeda YouTube channel.