The current UFC lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev, shared his emotions after defeating Charles Oliveira, and also spoke about his goal after winning the title of the strongest league in the world.
“Of course, I am very happy, because for this moment I have been training all my life,” the Russian said at a press conference after the UFC 280 tournament. “I had a plan and I followed it. I had in my head that I could finish it on the ground, but I was confident in myself in the standing position. I prepared very well, we fully studied Oliveira, so he could not surprise me with anything today, but I am very glad that he took away the belt from such a worthy opponent.”
Makhachev has confirmed that he is ready to travel to Australia in February and fight Alexander Volkanovski, who not only holds the UFC Featherweight title but also tops the P4P UFC rankings.
“I have a new goal – I want to be the best fighter in the world, regardless of the weight category. To do this, I need to go to Australia and beat this guy. My whole professional career I had one problem – I could not fight with any of the tops, but today everyone saw my level, and I showed that I can stop anyone ”
Recall that the fight for the vacant UFC lightweight championship belt between Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira, who led the UFC 280 tournament in Abu Dhabi, ended in the second round with the victory of the Russian by arm triangle choke.