Javier Mendez, coach of Islam Makhachev, said when the Russian champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in lightweight will rise to welterweight. His words are reported by RT concerning Submission Radio.
“Islam wants to clean up the lightweight division. He still has a few more fights in the lightweight division. But I see that Makhachev will keep his word and move to welterweight. While he wants to defend the title several times and rise to 77 kilograms, ”Mendez said.
On October 22, Makhachev met Brazilian Charles Oliveira in a lightweight title fight at the UFC-280 tournament in Abu Dhabi. The Russian fighter won by performing a choke hold in the second round.
On February 12, Makhachev defeated Australian Alex Volkanovski unanimously after five rounds at UFC 284, held in Perth. For the Russian, this victory was the 24th in his professional career with one defeat.
Earlier, Makhachev responded to the challenge of Charles Oliveira.