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Islam Makhachev (born 27 October 1991) is a Russian professional mixed martial artist and former Sambo competitor. He currently competes in the Lightweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the current UFC Lightweight Champion. A professional competitor since 2010, Makhachev was the combat sambo world champion at 74 kilograms in 2016. As of November 14, 2022, he is #2 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.
Makhachev faced Charles Oliveira for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 280 on October 22, 2022. Makhachev won the bout and the title in the second round via arm-triangle choke after knocking down Oliveira with a punch.
Makhachev is scheduled to make his first title defense against current UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski on February 12, 2023 at UFC 284.