Islam Makhachev says he has 'no challenges' in the lightweight division and signals search for second belt after UFC 302

Lightweight champion minimizes possible challengers in the category and asks for a chance at welterweight belt

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Islam makhachev after victory in UFC 294. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

With a line of people interested in dethroning him, Islam makhachev sees his near future outside the lightweight category (up to 70,3 kg). The champion, who defends the belt for the third time against Dustin poirier in the main fight of UFC 302, on June 1st, believes that he no longer has any challenges within the division.

In an interview with 'The New York Post', Makhachev reinforced the argument that he does not have worthy challengers within the lightweight category and the campaign for a chance to move up to welterweight in search of a second simultaneous belt.

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“Honestly, I don’t have any exciting fights, because Dustin poirier is coming off just one win. We have Arman Tsarukyan, but I already beat this guy. In my opinion, I no longer have jobs in my division. I think the UFC has to give me a chance for the second belt, because I've already beaten all these guys”, said the Russian.

before thinking about Leon edwards and in the welterweight title, however, Islam makhachev returns to the octagon in UFC 302, on June 1st, in Newark, United States, to defend the title against Dustin poirier. If successful, the Russian will join his compatriot and mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov, B.J. Penn and Benson Henderson as record holders for title defenses in the category.

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