When Is Islam Makhachev’s Next Fight?

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Islam Makhachev, reacting after losing to Andriano Martins in a mixed material arts bout at MMA UFC 192, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Oct 23, 2023, 11:52 PM
  • Islam Makhachev is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion.
  • Makhachev is fresh off another victory over Alexander Volkanovski.
  • Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje are the frontrunners to be Makhachev's next opponent.

Islam Makhachev is coming off his second successful title defense of the UFC Lightweight Title against featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski in a title rematch that headlined the main event of UFC 294 in Yas Island, United Arab Emirates. The Dagestani wiped off doubts from their first meeting in February 2023 by knocking out Volkanovski in the first round.

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?

Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje are the leading names to face Makhachev in his next fight, which is expected to happen in early 2024 for his third title defense. But the Dagestani champion said in his post-fight interview at UFC 294 that he doesn’t care who he fights next as long as the UFC gives him an opponent.

Islam Makhachev MMA Record and Statistics

  • MMA record: 25-1
  • Wins by TKO/KO: 5
  • 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 (twice).

Islam Makhachev UFC Earnings

Islam Makhachev’s estimated UFC earnings totaled around $5.5 million, with his rematch against Volkanovksi being the biggest payout of his career at $2.5 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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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.