- Islam Makhachev is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion.
- Alexander Volkanovski is his next opponent.
Islam Makhachev recently became the UFC Lightweight Champion after defeating former title-holder Charles Oliveira in their championship showdown in the main event of UFC 280 inside the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. where he submitted the Brazilian via an arm triangle choke in the second round.
It was his 28th career victory and 11th straight win since absorbing his lone loss from Adriano Martins in October 2015. The Dagestani’s high-level grappling skills have made him a top name in UFC odds. When will we witness his dominance again inside the Octagon?
When Is Islam Makhachev’s Next Fight?
The UFC recently made it official that Islam Makhachev will be facing Alexander Volkanovski, the reigning UFC Featherweight Champion, in a champion versus champion super fight, which will headline UFC 284 in February 2023 in Perth, Australia.
This will be Makhachev’s first official title defense, while Volkanovski is set to move up in weight for an opportunity to be a double-weight champion.
Islam Makhachev MMA Record and Statistics
- MMA record: 23-1
- Wins by TKO/KO: 4
- Wins by submission: 11
- Wins by decision: 8
- Striking accuracy: 59%
- Significant strikes landed per minute: 2.37
- Significant strikes absorbed: 0.95
- Takedown average per 15 minutes: 3.42
- Submission average per 15 minutes: 1.27
- Significant strikes defense: 67%
- Takedown defense: 89%
- Knockdown average: 0.38
- Average fight time: 9:06
Islam Makhachev Notable Wins
Islam Makhachev holds a victory over Chris Wade, Gleison Tibau, Arman Tsarukyan, Drew Dober, Thiago Moises, Dan Hooker and Charles Oliveira.
Islam Makhachev UFC Earnings
Islam Makhachev’s estimated UFC earnings totaled around $1.9 million, with his fight against Oliveira being the biggest payout of his career at $1.03 million. Of course, this figure does not include his sponsorships and endorsement deals outside the UFC.
Islam Makhachev Team and Corner
Islam Makhachev represents two top MMA teams and gyms – Eagles MMA and the American Kickboxing Academy or A.K.A. Under Eagles MMA, he is being trained by former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and his other Dagestani teammates.
Meanwhile, at A.K.A., Makhachev is guided by Javier Mendez, Andy Fong, Leandro Vieira, Bob Cook and Derek Yuen. Both his teammates and coaches from Eagles MMA and A.K.A were the ones who were in his corner during fights.