Islam Makhachev, the current UFC lightweight champion, has expressed his desire for a champion vs. champion fight against welterweight titleholder Leon Edwards at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi. With no confirmed opponent for his headline slot on October 21 at Etihad Arena, Makhachev took to Twitter to propose the idea of competing for a second title.
After his impressive first-round victory over Beneil Dariush at UFC 289 in June, Makhachev’s previous opponent, Charles Oliveira, was suggested by UFC President Dana White to be in line for a rematch. However, Oliveira stated during UFC 290 fight week that he would not be ready to face Makhachev in October but is open to the possibility of the fight taking place in November or December.
Another potential contender is featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, who recently defended his title against Yair Rodriguez at UFC 290. Although Volkanovski previously faced Makhachev in February at UFC 284 and lost by decision, their bout was highly competitive.
Meanwhile, Leon Edwards is expected to defend his welterweight championship against Colby Covington later this year.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Champ vs. Champ Fight
Q: Who is Islam Makhachev calling out for a champ vs. champ fight at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi?
A: Islam Makhachev is calling out Leon Edwards, the welterweight titleholder, for a champion vs. champion fight at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi.
Q: Why is Islam Makhachev looking for a second title?
A: After winning the UFC lightweight championship, Islam Makhachev wants to seize the opportunity to win a second title by challenging Leon Edwards for the welterweight championship.
Q: Who did Islam Makhachev defeat for the lightweight title?
A: Islam Makhachev defeated Charles Oliveira for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 280 in October.
Q: Is Charles Oliveira getting a rematch with Islam Makhachev?
A: Charles Oliveira is not ready to face Islam Makhachev in October, but he expressed his interest in a potential rematch in November or December.
Q: Has Alexander Volkanovski fought Islam Makhachev before?
A: Yes, Alexander Volkanovski faced Islam Makhachev at UFC 284 in February, but Makhachev emerged victorious by decision.
Q: Who is Leon Edwards expected to defend his welterweight championship against?
A: Leon Edwards is expected to defend his welterweight championship against Colby Covington in a future fight.