Islam Makhachev won the lightweight belt at the UFC 280 event last month, and on that occasion, he defeated Charles Oliveira by submission in Abu Dhabi. For half a year, the lightweight category was without a champion, and Makhachev took that place in style.
Next up for Makhachev is Alexander Volkanovski, who will fight at the UFC 284 event in Perth in the second month of next year. As the main asset in Islam's arsenal, most fans see his physical strength, and Bellator's light heavyweight champion, Vadim Nemkov, testified to the same.
Nemkov shared insight into how good Makhachev’s grappling was “He’s really tight on you when it comes to wrestling,” said Nemkov. “I’m used to letting smaller guys work on offensive positions.
Let them work their top control, from top position. When I let him work from the top position, he crushed me like a concrete slab. I was flabbergasted by his control”. Nemkov told Red Corner MMA. Makhachev totally outclassed Charles Oliveira in their mutual match, and he finished him exactly from the situation described by Nemkov.
In the second round, he locked an "arm triangle" choke from which "Do Bronx" simply could not escape, and he was better in the first round as well. Whether Islam's physical strength will truly be the deciding factor in the match against Volkanovski is difficult to predict.
We will find out at the UFC 284 event in Perth, Australia.
The UFC 284 lineup includes:
- Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski – for lightweight championship
- Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett – for interim featherweight championship
- Robert Whittaker vs.
- Tyson Pedro vs. Mingyang Zhang
- Jack Jenkins vs. Don Shainis
- Justin Tafa vs. Parker Porter
- Joshua Culibao vs. Melsik Baghdasaryan