Islam Makhachev Embraces Colby Covington's Challenge, Aims for Second Title at UFC 294

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Islam Makhachev Embraces Colby Covington’s Challenge, Aims for Second Title at UFC 294

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Islam Makhachev Eyes Welterweight Championship After UFC 294 Victory

As he prepares for his UFC 294 rematch with Charles Oliveira, lightweight champion Islam Makhachev has his sights set on a second title. Makhachev recently expressed his desire to challenge for the welterweight strap, much like he granted Alexander Volkanovski the opportunity to become a dual champion in their recent UFC 284 bout.

Makhachev is determined to pursue this path if he can defeat Oliveira once again. He stated, ‘I don’t know what the UFC has planned, but my dream fight is for the second belt. Of course, I am under contract, so whatever the UFC says, I will fight, no problem. But (Leon) Edwards vs. Colby (Covington) – I really believe I can beat (the winner). I look at their skills and what they have as champions, and I know my skills. It’s going to be a good fight. I’m not saying I’m going to beat them easily. It’s going to be a hard, tough fight against a big guy. But I believe I can finish those guys. I gave a chance to (Volkanovski), so they have to give me a chance, too. I gave a chance to a guy from another division to come to my weight and try to take this belt, and he lost. I want my chance, too.’

Makhachev has his eyes on the upcoming welterweight title clash between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington at UFC 296. He sees both fighters as potential opponents but hopes Covington emerges victorious because Covington has expressed interest in facing him. ‘I hope (Covington) wins because I don’t know what Leon says about (fighting me),’ Makhachev said. ‘I’ve never heard Leon say he wants this fight. But Colby wants it. That’s why I want Colby to win, and we can meet one day. It would be a very good fight; he has good wrestling. It’s going to be U.S. wrestling vs. Dagestan wrestling. He’s a good fighter. He has good wrestling and good conditioning, but in my opinion, I stop his wrestling and land many good punches.’

Reference:

https://www.chatsports.com/mma/a/source/islam-makhachev-eyes-welterweight-title-fight-with-colby-covington-after-ufc-294-i-want-my-chance-too-17680984

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