- Islam Makhachev is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion.
- Makhachev is fresh off a victory over Alexander Volkanovski.
- Makhachev's next possible opponent could be Charles Oliveira or Beneil Dariush.
Islam Makhachev is coming off his first successful title defense of the UFC Lightweight Title against featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski in a champion versus champion super fight as they headlined the main event of UFC 284 in Perth, Australia. The Dagestani unanimously beat Volkanovski in a classic back-and-forth match.
The performance that Makhachev displayed in the bout with Volkanovski has further cemented his place in online sports betting, particularly in UFC odds. When will Makhachev return inside the Octagon? And who will he be facing next?
When Is Islam Makhachev’s Next Fight?
Islam Makhachev’s likely next opponent will be the winner between Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush, as both lightweight contenders go head-to-head in 2023. Aside from Oliveira and Dariush, other 155-pound contenders that can challenge Makhachev are Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje.
The date and venue for Makhachev’s return are still to be determined, as he might need a few months to recover from his fight with Volkanovski.
Islam Makhachev MMA Record and Statistics
- MMA record: 24-1
- 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, Charles Oliveira and Alexander Volkanovski.
Islam Makhachev UFC Earnings
Islam Makhachev’s estimated UFC earnings totaled around $3 million, with his fight against Volkanovksi being the biggest payout of his career at $1.1 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.
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