UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev wants everyone to know his plans.
The Dagestani champion is intending to stick to the 155 weight class, despite rumors of him moving to 170. He mentioned on X this morning that he wants Justin Gaethje next, and then he aims to face the winner of the Charles Oliveira and Arman Tsarukyan fight at UFC 300 in April. After that, Makhachev remarked "February 2025 vs anybody Inshallah."
June 8 UFC PPV vs Gaetje, November UFC MSG vs Olivera/Arman, February 2025 vs Anybody Inshallah 👊🏼 pic.twitter.com/yp0LKfj3Pw— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) January 10, 2024
The UFC lightweight champion is gearing up for his next title defense. After winning the belt from Charles Oliveira, he secured two victories over Alexander Volkanovski. Originally set for a rematch with Oliveira, his second bout with Volkanovski took its place when Oliveira got injured.
Now, Makhachev is eyeing a fight with Justin Gaethje, who claimed the BMF title with a knockout victory over Dustin Poirier last July. If the Makhachev-Gaethje showdown happens in June, it could be part of UFC 302, moving him away from the UFC 300 lineup.
Despite rumors of Makhachev moving up to face welterweight champion Leon Edwards, he's currently on the sidelines due to Ramadan. The division has another significant fight between Dustin Poirier and newcomer Benoit Saint-Denis scheduled for the co-main slot of UFC 299.
If Makhachev's wish comes true, fans might witness the excitement of a Justin Gaethje title fight, potentially Gaethje's last chance at UFC gold.