Islam Makhachev’s plan for the current year announced

Reigning UFC lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev, will have at least two fights before the end of the current year.

This was announced by the Russian’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, in an interview with The Schmo.

“Whatever dates the UFC gives us, Islam will fight at least twice this year. At the very least,” Abdelaziz stated.

Previously, the Russian himself, as well as his coach, have said that they plan to fight Justin Gaethje in the summer and then face the winner of the challenger fight between Charles Oliveira and Arman Tsarukyan, which takes place April 13 at UFC 300 in Las Vegas.

Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway could step into the mix if he defeats Gaethje at the anniversary event. It is also possible that the world’s strongest league will organize a fight with the Russian against the current UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards, who has already agreed to fight Makhachev.

Recall that Islam Makhachev made the second defense of his title in October, knocking out Alexander Volkanovski in the first round, and finished the year as the leader of the UFC P4P rankings.