Alexander Volkanovski and Islam Makhachev made history at UFC 284, as the pair squared off in one of the most anticipated super fights of all time, securing their mark as the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters.
After an incredible back-and-forth fight, both pairs have been calling for an immediate rematch to prove who’s the better fighter, as the decision victory for Makhachev has come with some controversy.
While UFC President Dana White was quite impressed by the performance. White would prefer that both champions defend their belt one more time in their respective divisions.
“You know what my thoughts are on that when you make a super fight, could you possibly have a better f****** result than we did on that fight? Right?” White said at the UFC Vegas 70 post-fight press conference.
“When the entire world is arguing over who won, that’s a super fight and it delivers right? 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 got Yair versus Volkanovski.”
Yair Rodrigues showcased his impressive skillset in the Co-Main event at UFC 284. Managing to effortlessly blend his striking and grappling, Rodriguez secured a submission victory over Josh Emmett to become the interim featherweight champion.
“We’ll see what happens with Islam and where he ends up fighting next. You have to do Yair next. I mean, Yair came out and absolutely dominated a stud in Josh Emmett that night and then you have the rematch after they both fight again. You could not have a better result.”
Beneil Dariush is set to fight Charles Oliveira in May to claim the No. 1 spot in the lightweight division. So, if Dariush takes the win, Makhachev may have a new contender to defend against for the lightweight belt.
“I mean, listen, I don’t know – we didn’t make any fights yet,” White said.
“There are a lot of different things that play out and making these fights, you know, timing injuries, personal stuff, whatever it might be.”
“But yeah, to me, the fight that makes sense is we make Yair versus Volkanovski, Islam versus somebody whenever that happens, and then you do the rematch.”