Reigning UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has teased a jump to lightweight after cleaning out the 145-pound division. The lightweight title remains vacant after this fiasco, but No. 1-ranked Charles Oliveira and No. 4-ranked Islam Makhachev are in talks to launch one of the promotion’s next pay-per-view (PPV) cards.
The winner could face “The Great” by the end of the year.
” I do not think so [Volkanovski] poses as big of a threat to Islam as you might think because he’s such a master takedown and Alex won’t be able to stop him no matter what he does,” Mendez told Submission Radio. “And Islam’s position is so good that he can stand by his side. So, you know, unless Alex’s pitch improves tremendously, I don’t see him as a huge threat to Islam. I see Oliveira as a huge threat, but I don’t see Alex. Only because he won’t be able to stop Islam from bringing him down, and I just don’t think he can handle Islam’s ground game.
Makhachev sports a five-inch height advantage but gives up an inch of reach.
UFC President Dana White recently told combat sports media that Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot is the fight to fight, so there’s not much standing in the way of a title shot. of Makhachev. And now that Oliveira no longer holds the title, he doesn’t have the same bargaining power (or influence) when it comes to that “Notorious” fantasy fight.