Islam Makhachev Sends Daunting Message To Leon Edwards, Reveals Double Champ Aspirations

Islam Makhachev

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Becoming a double champion has seemingly become the ultimate goal for fighters within the UFC.

There have only been a handful of them, so becoming one would certainly guarantee someone a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame.

We now have another fighter expressing ambitions to become a double champ himself, as Islam Makhachev reveals his desires to reach that goal.

During an interview with Daniel Cormier, Makhachev shares that he’d love to take on Leon Edwards for the welterweight belt.

According to ESPN MMA, Islam Makhachev claims he “can beat Leon Edwards. Anywhere, I can beat this guy.”

Maybe he can, maybe he can’t. A matchup between Makhachev and Edwards sounds rather intriguing.

Especially considering how much Edwards has improved in his ground game and takedown defense. Mix that with his natural stand up abilities and you have yourself a difficult matchup for Makhachev.

Additionally, it’s unknown if this superfight could even be made right now. There are plenty of opponents for Islam Makhachev to focus on right now.

For starters, Charles Oliveira certainly deserves a rematch after knocking out Beneil Dariush. On top of that, many fight fans believe Alexander Volkanovski is deserving of a rematch as well.

Meanwhile, rumors are that Leon Edwards will be facing Colby Covington in the cage next. However, nothing is set in stone just yet.

So, a possible superfight between Islam Makhachev and Leon Edwards could be a long ways down the road from happening.

Regardless, UFC fans can’t help but speculate what that matchup might look like.

A ton of fight fans don’t think Makhachev has a chance against Edwards. This is the strongest explanation as to why.

There is plenty of work available in the lightweight division.

Give Alexander Volkanovski another chance!

If anything, Islam Makhachev has plenty of fights available to him right now in the lightweight division.

But if he can defend his belt a few more times, maybe then it would be time to give him a double champ opportunity.