The reaction of the UFC president to the victory of Islam Makhachev

The reaction of the UFC president to the victory of Islam Makhachev

UFC President, Dana White, shared his opinion on the title fight between Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira, in which the Russian fighter won an early victory and became the new UFC lightweight champion.

“I’ve been saying all week that this is a fight between the two best lightweights in the world who are at their peak, and when I climbed into the octagon after the fight, Khabib told me – I told you that he is the best in the world,” the head of the organization said to the press. conference after UFC 280. “Beating Oliveira is one thing, but beating him the way Islam did is another. He dealt with it quickly and looked incredible today. The main question was how he would cope with the pressure, and he passed this test perfectly.

The head of the UFC also confirmed that Makhachev will make his first title defense on February 11 at UFC 284 in Perth against current UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.

“How long will Islam rule? I dont know. His next opponent will be Alexander Volkanovski, who never ceases to amaze me, so another amazing fight awaits us. This will probably be the main fight of the numbered tournament in Perth. Khabib said they are ready to fight anyone, anytime.”

Recall that the title fight between Makhachev and Oliveira, who headed the UFC 280 tournament in Abu Dhabi, ended at 3:16 of the second round with the victory of the Russian by arm triangle choke.