The highly-anticipated rematch between Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira has been scheduled for the main event of UFC 294 on October 21. Makhachev, the current UFC lightweight champion, will defend his title against the former champion Oliveira at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. This fight is one of three exciting matchups announced by UFC president Dana White for the event.
Joining the lightweight clash, two middleweight bouts have been confirmed for UFC 294. Khamzat Chimaev will take on Paulo Costa, while Nassourdine Imavov is set to face Ikram Aliskerov. Notably, a previously announced Costa vs. Aliskerov matchup scheduled for July 29 has been canceled for UFC 291.
Makhachev, who boasts an impressive record of 24-1, currently ranks as MMA Hook’s second-best pound-for-pound male fighter worldwide. He secured the lightweight belt in October 2022 with a dominant victory over Oliveira in the second round at UFC 280. In his first title defense, Makhachev achieved a historic feat by becoming the first person to defeat Alexander Volkanovski under the UFC banner, sending the featherweight champion back to his original weight class of 145 pounds following a decision win at UFC 284. Makhachev has an impressive winning streak of 12 consecutive victories in the UFC.
Oliveira, the second-ranked lightweight by MMA Hook, rebounded from his title loss to Makhachev with a sensational first-round stoppage of Beneil Dariush at UFC 289. With a record of 34-9, 1 NC, Oliveira aims to reclaim the championship in the highly-anticipated rematch.
The clash between Chimaev and Costa has been a long-anticipated matchup. Chimaev, with a perfect record of 12-0, has been out of action since his first-round win over Kevin Holland in September 2022. Similarly, Costa, with a record of 14-2, has not fought since his thrilling victory over Luke Rockhold in August 2022, which ended a two-fight losing streak.
Imavov, eager for his first UFC win of 2023, will face Aliskerov, who impressed in his sole UFC appearance by securing a first-round knockout of Phil Hawes in May.
The stage is set for UFC 294, and fans are eagerly awaiting these exhilarating matchups. Who will emerge victorious? Cast your vote now!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC 294
Q: When and where is UFC 294 taking place?
A: UFC 294 is scheduled to take place on October 21 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
Q: Who is Islam Makhachev fighting in the main event?
A: Islam Makhachev, the current UFC lightweight champion, will be facing Charles Oliveira in a highly-anticipated rematch.
Q: What are the other matchups announced for UFC 294?
A: Along with Makhachev vs. Oliveira, UFC 294 will feature Khamzat Chimaev vs. Paulo Costa in a middleweight bout and Nassourdine Imavov vs. Ikram Aliskerov in another middleweight clash.
Q: Has the previously announced fight between Costa and Aliskerov been canceled?
A: Yes, the Costa vs. Aliskerov matchup that was originally planned for July 29 has been scratched from UFC 291.
Q: What are the recent achievements of Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira?
A: Islam Makhachev secured the lightweight belt in October 2022 with a dominant win over Charles Oliveira at UFC 280. In his first title defense, Makhachev defeated Alexander Volkanovski, marking the first loss for the featherweight champion under the UFC umbrella. Charles Oliveira rebounded from his title loss to Makhachev with a first-round stoppage of Beneil Dariush at UFC 289.
Q: Who is undefeated in the Chimaev vs. Costa matchup?
A: Khamzat Chimaev currently holds an undefeated record of 12-0, while Paulo Costa has a record of 14-2.
Q: What can we expect from the Imavov vs. Aliskerov fight?
A: Nassourdine Imavov, looking for his first UFC win in 2023, will face Ikram Aliskerov, who impressed in his lone UFC appearance with a first-round knockout of Phil Hawes in May.
Q: Where can I watch UFC 294?
A: UFC 294 can be watched live on pay-per-view or through the official broadcasting channels provided by UFC.