Islam Makhachev Dismisses Max Holloway Bout

Islam Makhachev is not focused on fighting Max Holloway for now, as he prepares to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 302 on June 1.

The UFC Lightweight Champion has his first fight since stopping Alexander Volkanovski in the second round at UFC 294 last year. It was the second successful defense of his title, which he won against Charles Oliveira at UFC 280, following up on his first win against ‘Volk’ at UFC 284.

Makhachev had been linked with a fight against Justin Gaethje after ‘The Highlight’ stopped Poirier at UFC 291. However, Gaethje lost his BMF belt to Holloway at UFC 300, getting stopped with a second left in the fight. That leaves Holloway as a possible contender for the lightweight title. But Makhachev’s focus was elsewhere.

“If he beats a couple more guys in my division, we can fight. I don’t want to give him chance now because I have some contenders who I have to beat. Now I have Dustin, after we’ll have Arman [Tsarukyan]. I think I’ll have some [work] in my division, he has [work] in his division. Maybe if he wins his next fight. Maybe [if] he beats [Ilia] Topuria, and I finish all of my two fights, maybe,” Makhachev said

After stopping Gaethje, Holloway called out Conor McGregor and Ilia Topuria. A fight with McGregor earns Holloway a big payday and a shot to avenge his loss to the Irishman in 2013. Facing Topuria offers Holloway the chance to win the UFC Featherweight Title and establish his legacy. Makhachev also has plans on winning another belt, targeting the UFC Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards.

“My dream fight, I have to fight for the next division, 170. I already give some chances from the 145 [division], it’s why I need my chance for the second belt,” Makhachev added

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