Recently, Islam Makhachev claimed a spectacular fourth-round submission (rear-naked choke) victory over Thiago Moises at UFC Vegas 31. Here, we take a look at 5 potential opponents that UFC fans might witness going up against Islam Makhachev in the near future.
In the octagon interview at UFC Vegas 31, Makhachev called out Anjos for a fight. Currently ranked #6 in the UFC lightweight division, the former champion will be a tough challenge for Makhachev.
The #8 UFC lightweight contender, Dan Hooker, might be exactly what Makhachev needs to go up in rankings to fulfill his dreams of becoming the champion.
Tony Ferguson holds the fifth position in the UFC lightweight rankings. If this fight ever comes to fruition, Ferguson will be the biggest challenge Makhachev has ever faced to this day.
The #10 ranked UFC lightweight contender, Gregor Gillespie, might be a good match-up for Makhachev to earn more experience before stepping inside the octagon against any of the top 5 contenders.
Michael Chandler currently holds the fourth position in the UFC lightweight rankings. Makhachev vs. Chandler might be exactly what UFC fans want to witness.