Russian UFC fighter Makhachev said that he would be interested in moving to welterweight
Russian mixed style fighter (MMA) Islam Makhachev appreciated the possibility of changing the weight category. His words are quoted by RIA Novosti.
Makhachev, who competes in lightweight, has not ruled out moving up to the welterweight category. “This topic is relevant. I like to compete, I like to fight strong fighters. I love big fights – whoever is the champion in the welterweight division, it will be a huge confrontation, ”he said. The Russian added that the transition will not happen in 2023, because there are still worthy contenders in the lightweight division with whom he must fight.
On the night of February 12, Makhachev will meet with the Australian Alexander Volkanovski. The fight will take place at lightweight. Thus, the featherweight champion Volkanovski, who currently leads the ranking of the best fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), will change the category, and Makhachev will defend the championship belt for the first time.
On October 23, Makhachev defeated Brazilian Charles Oliveira in a duel at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi. The 31-year-old Russian defeated his opponent by choke and became the organization’s lightweight champion.
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