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Makhachev's Master Plan: The Roadmap to Lightweight Dominance

Champions are defined not just by their victories but also by their ambition. 

Reigning lightweight champion Islam Makhachev has certainly set the bar high, unveiling his ambitious three-fight plan that promises excitement for fans over the next 12 months.

In a social media proclamation that echoed through the MMA community, Makhachev laid out his roadmap. First on the agenda is a defense against the formidable Justin Gaethje, scheduled for June. Makhachev, fresh off a stunning first-round head kick knockout of Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 294, is eager to prove his dominance against Gaethje, who himself claimed victory with a memorable head kick against Dustin Poirier at UFC 291.

Makhachev's strategic plan doesn't end there. If successful against Gaethje, he eyes a trip to Madison Square Garden in New York to face the winner of the highly-anticipated showdown between Charles Oliveira and Arman Tsarukyan. The stakes are high, with UFC CEO Dana White confirming that the winner of Oliveira vs. Tsarukyan will be the new No. 1 contender at 155 pounds.

The timeline Makhachev envisions places him back in the octagon for a title defense in February 2025. This master plan would see the champion participate in six championship bouts since October 2022, showcasing his commitment to an active and dominant reign.

While the UFC is yet to formally announce its plans for June, Makhachev's proposed clash with Gaethje has fight enthusiasts buzzing with anticipation. With the possibility of two pay-per-view events in June, including a potential showdown between Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler, fight fans are in for a treat.

As Makhachev prepares to navigate through his meticulously crafted plan, the MMA world braces for a year of thrilling matchups, potential rivalries, and the relentless pursuit of lightweight supremacy. 


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