Told Not to Fight at 170 Lbs, Islam Makhachev’s Hostile Plans for Colby Covington Could Be Halted by Justin Gaethje

Published 11/26/2023, 9:05 PM EST

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Islam Makhachev‘s recent dominance in the lightweight division has marked the beginning of his championship reign. Fueled by excitement, the champion is now eyeing the coveted double champ status. Makhachev has boldly thrown down the gauntlet, challenging Colby Covington for a potential clash. Expressing his ambitions further, he hinted at the possibility of moving up to contend for the welterweight belt.

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Makhachev has been undefeated for a long, and the combat enthusiast feels like he might go undefeated just like his teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov. Regardless, Michael Bisping thinks otherwise. The former UFC fighter believes that Justin Gaethje might have the potential to bring down Makhachev.

Micahel Bisping believes Justin Gaethje can defeat Islam Makhachev

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Michael Bisping believes that Islam Makhahcev should not move up to the welterweight division as his legacy might be questioned after that. Bisping recently in his YouTube video was inquired by a fan about the UFC’s gameplan for Makhachev if he defeats Charles Oliveira.

‘The Count’ stated that rather than moving up to the welterweight division, Makhachev should stay in the lightweight division since Justin Gaethje is next in the line and he has the potential to defeat the champion. Bisping said “If Islam beats Charles Oliveira again, I don’t think he should go up to 170. That’s been happening a lot lately. There are certainly a lot of contenders. If he beats Charles Oliveira, who’s next?”

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He further added “I mean, you don’t have to be a scientist for this one; that was pretty simple. The human highlight, the one and only Justin Gaethje is right there. He just knocked out Dustin Poirier and beat Rafael Fiziev. That man is next in line.”. Nobody is certain about Dana White’s plan right now but Makhachev has made it certain about his aspirations.

Islam Makchahev laid out his plans for next year

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Islam Makhachev’s champion region is getting tougher with multiple contenders willing to fight him but this is not stopping the fighter from challenging everyone in the lightweight division as well as the UFC administration. The fighter has laid out plans for his coming fights.

In a recent interview with a Russian channel, the fighter stated that he would love to have multiple fights in the coming year. “Well, I’m planning to fight before Ramadan,” he said. Makhachev further added “I already informed the UFC that I’m ready to fight before Ramadan, I would like to have time to do three fights in 2024. I will train as much as possible, constantly keep in shape, and wait for a call from the management.”

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Suryakant Das

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Suryakant Das is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His fascination with combat sports was sparked by gleeful moments he shared with his father watching wrestling. An ardent fan of UFC star Charles Oliveira, Surya closely follows the sport and keeps tabs on behind-the-scenes action.
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