Justin Gaethje has another chance to take home UFC gold.
Originally scheduled to rematch Charles Oliveira at UFC 294, Islam Makhachev instead defended his lightweight world title against Alexander Volkanovski after ‘Do Bronx’ was forced to withdraw due to a cut sustained whilst training.
The ‘Dagestani Destroyer’ made quick work of Volkanovski, scoring a vicious first-round head-kick KO.
Everyone expected that the UFC will try to rebook Makhachev’s original scheduled headliner with Oliveira early in 2024. Islam Makhachev, and his manager Ali Abdelaziz have now moved away from the original scheduled headliner between Makhachev vs Oliveira to a new matchup against current BMF titleholder Justin Gaethje.
‘The Highlight’ is more than ready to jump the queue and sign on the dotted line if that’s what Makhachev wants. Dana White is the only person who has to call.
“Waiting on the call,” Gaethje wrote on X. “Ready when you are @ufc @danawhite Let’s see who can kick the others head off first @MAKHACHEVMMA Do Bronx had his shot and didn’t show up for the rematch. It is what it is.”