Dana White says `it seems like Volkanovski is next` for Islam Makhachev after UFC 280
Islam Makhachev`s first name protection will in all likelihood be in opposition to Alexander Volkanovski, in step with UFC president Dana White.
Makhachev submitted Charles Oliveira the day gone by at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi to win the vacant light-weight championship, cementing himself as one of the pinnacle pound-for-pound opponents withinside the sport. After the combat, he became faced via way of means of Volkanovski, with each opponents agreeing to a champ vs. champ showdown to decide the number 1 P4P fighter withinside the global.
White likes the concept of the matchup and thinks it makes feel thinking about Volkanovski is simply one weight magnificence beneath Makhachev at featherweight and served because the backup for the day gone by`s blockbuster major event.
“It seems like Volkanovski is next,” White instructed journalists on the UFC 280 post-combat press conference (h/t MMA Junkie). “Volkanovski by no means ceases to amaze me. Another amazing combat.”
As for Makhachev`s performance, White became blown away via way of means of how speedy he disposed of Oliveira after losing him withinside the 2d round.
“Incredible,” White said. “I
ve been announcing all week, you've got got of absolutely the excellent withinside the global going through of their top and going through off. And once I went up withinside the octagon after, Khabib said,I instructed you. I instructed you he
s the excellent withinside the global.
“I mean, to conquer Oliveira is one thing, to conquer him the manner he beat him is another. And as speedy as he did it, he regarded amazing this night. The large query this night became how is he going to address the pressure. And he handled it simply fine.”
UFC 280 additionally noticed Aljamain Sterling shield his bantamweight name with a clubbing TKO win over a compromised T.J. Dillashaw and Sean O`Malley disillusioned Petr Yan in a Fight of the Night that appeared to reason pretty a stir online.