Islam Makhachev Will Not Be Defending His 155-Pound Title Again Until March 2024

Reports Of Makhachev Vs. Oliveira In January Debunked

Despite reports that we could be seeing a lightweight title rematch between Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira early into the new year, it now seems that Makhachev will not be fighting until March, at the earliest.

Following his first round knockout of Alexander Volkanovski last month at UFC 294, the MMA community has been excited to find out when the 155-pound king will defend his title again.

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that we could be seeing Makhachev vs. Oliveira II on the first UFC PPV card of the year in January. Unfortunately, these reports were found to be untrue, as Ali Abdelaziz, Makhachev’s manager, stated to ESPN that his fighter will not be defending his title until March 9th, at the very earliest.

The news of the lightweight title rematch between Makhachev and Oliveira possibly taking place at UFC 297 in January was originally reported by Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, but Abdelaziz was quick to aggressively debunk his report. Helwani was not prepared to take the high road, though, firing back with a jab of his own.

Social media drama aside, the fact remains that fans will have to wait to see the potential lightweight title rematch. Additionally, January’s UFC 297 in Toronto has yet to have a main event announced.


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