Mahachev defeated Volkanovsky by unanimous decision in their UFC 284 headliner earlier this month. It was a back-and-forth battle from start to finish, as Makhachev thwarted Volkanovski’s attempt to become a UFC double-champion.
In a post-match interview, Makhachev seems to be open to the possibility Running back with Volkanovski later this year. The MMA community is divided when it comes to how they score their fight at UFC 284.
After 25 minutes of intense action by Volkanovski and Makhachev, things ended amicably. Behind the scenes, the two posed for photos and seemed to agree to operate in Makhachev’s friendly territory.
Alexander Volkanovski pitches Islam Makhachev in Abu Dhabi rematch
Watch Makhachev and Volkanovski exchanging post-war pleasantries Backstage, there seemed to be agreement on a rematch that could end up in Abu Dhabi.
Makhachev won the lightweight title in Abu Dhabi last October, beating Charles Oliveira for the empty belt. UFC featherweight champion Volkanovski entered the fight as a substitute.
Volkanovski thought he was good enough to get the win on the judges’ scorecards, but it wasn’t for the pound-for-pound king. He appears to be planning an immediate rematch with Makhachev rather than returning to featherweight.
At the time of writing, there are no events on the calendar for UFC 2023 in Abu Dhabi, although this could change in the coming months. The promotion has booked at least one card in Abu Dhabi every year since 2019.
Relations between Makhachev and Volkanovsky have become tense in recent days. Volkanovski’s teammate Dan Hooker blames Makhachev Recovery with IV Difficult weight loss from before UFC 284.
Makhachev flew to Perth to defend the lightweight title in Volkanovski’s backyard, and Volkanovski appeared to want to repay him for accepting the challenge. Both sides appear to be open to a rematch, with Makhachev likely to have most of the support in Abu Dhabi.
Should UFC book Alexander Volkanovski/Islam Makhachev rematch?