Dana White has revealed that he is not interested in an immediate rematch between UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev and Alex Volkanovski.
Makhachev made his first successful title defence against Volkanovski at UFC 284 in Australia, where he won by a razor close unanimous decision. The result of the fight has the MMA fans divided, with some believing that the Dagestani deserved to win, while others saying that the Aussie should have won the belt. ‘The Great’ himself believes that he won three rounds of the scheduled five, and deserves a rematch.
However, he will have to deal first with Yair Rodriguez, who won the interim featherweight title in the co-main event at UFC 284 and is now hoping to unify the titles as soon as he can.
Dana White On Makhachev vs Volk 2
During the UFC Vegas 70 post-fight press conference (as transcribed by MMA Junkie), Dana said that he’s not interested in an immediate rematch between Makhachev and Volkanovski.
“The entire world is arguing on who won,” Dana said. “That’s a super fight and it delivered. The only thing that could possibly be better than that is the guy who’s fighting for the interim title, comes out looking incredible, too. So now you have Yair vs. Volkanovski. We’ll see what happens with Islam and who he ends up fighting next. You have to do Yair. You have to do that fight. He came out looking like an absolute stud that night. And then you have the rematch after they both fight again. It could not have a better result.”
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