Islam Makhachev breaks silence on fighting Max Holloway: “Maybe”

Islam Makhachev shares his thoughts on fighting Max Holloway.

by Aryan Lakhani
Islam Makhachev breaks silence on fighting Max Holloway: “Maybe”
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The UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev watched the lightweight clash for the BMF belt between Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway. Islam Makhachev congratulated Max Holloway. Recently, when asked about a possible future showdown, Makhachev seemed slightly hesitant; however, he said he wants Max Holloway to secure a comprehensive win against Ilia Topuria and finish business with Dustin Poirier and Arman Tsarukyan before any future conversations.

Islam Makhachev on fighting Max Holloway

In a recent interview with New York Post Sports, Islam Makhachev explained the possibility of a fight with Max Holloway.

“If he beats a couple more guys in my division, we can fight,” Makhachev said, as quoted by “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”.

Islam Makhachev on his dream fight

“My dream fight, I have to fight for the next division, 170, I have to fight Leon Edwards.

I already give some chances from the 145 [division], it’s why I need my chance for the second belt”.

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