Alexander Volkanovksi gets the chance to write his name in the history books this weekend as he challenges Islam Makhachev at UFC 284.
Featherweight champion Volkanovski has gained weight to challenge for the lightweight belt in what is only the sport’s seventh champion vs. champion fight.
If he beats Makhachev in his home country, he will become the fifth UFC fighter to hold two belts at two different weights.
The Aussie has the opportunity to join some of the greats in winning the championship title in what could be a historic night in the UFC.
McGregor began his reign in December 2015 when he pulled off one of the UFC’s most iconic knockouts.
He beat Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds to become the featherweight champion and less than a year later took his success all the way to the lightweight division.
“The Notorious” defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight title and become the first-ever fighter to hold UFC titles in different divisions at the same time.
It was that night at UFC 205 that the term “Champion Champ” was coined.
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—Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 13, 2016
The second fighter to achieve this feat was Cormier who won the first of his two titles in 2015 against Anthony Johnson.
“DC” defeated Johnson to win the light heavyweight championship and for various reasons held it for three years while claiming another one.
At UFC 226, Cormier moved up to the heavyweight division and defeated Stipe Miocic to become the second champion in history.
He then defended his belt against Derrick Lewis before vacating the light heavyweight belt in 2018 and losing the heavyweight title to Miocic in 2019.
Nunes was the first woman to become champion after knocking out Cris Cyborg in the first round of their fight in 2018.
The Brazilian became the women’s featherweight champion, adding the title to her women’s bantamweight belt she won two years earlier.
A submission victory over Miesha Tate won her the bantamweight championship in 2016, a title she defended five times.
She also defended her featherweight title once with all of her title fight wins, making her sixth for most title fight wins in UFC history.
The most recent fighter to become champion was Cejudo who first defeated Demetrious Johnson by split decision in a rematch at UFC 227.
The win over Johnson meant he became the flyweight champion and he defended that title by beating TJ Dillashaw in 32 seconds.
Less than a year after defending his title, the Olympic gold medalist wanted to add the bantamweight belt to his collection.
Cejudo fought Marlon Moraes for the vacant title and won to become the fourth fighter to hold two belts in different divisions before retiring in 2020.
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