UFC returns to Abu Dhabi with a main event that will see UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev defend his belt in a rematch against featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. The co-main event features the highly anticipated return of Khamzat Chimaev as he moves back up to middleweight to take on No. 7 ranked contender, Paulo Costa.
Before these athletes step under the bright lights inside Etihad Arena, let's look back at some of their jawdropping performances that led them to this point.
Islam Makhachev vs Charles Oliveira 1
The last time UFC was in Abu Dhabi it was Islam Makhachev vs Charles Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title belt. Makhachev submitted Oliveira in the second round, marking his 11th straight victory and the first time he would raise UFC gold.
Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski
Alexander Volkanovski looked to claim champ-champ status as he moved up to lightweight and faced lightweight champion Islam Makhachev in Perth at UFC 284. The two went five rounds in a fight that is still being talked about by fans.
Khamzat Chimaev vs Gilbert Burns
Talk about a fight for the ages. This welterweight battle between Khamzat Chimaev and Gilbert Burns is still at the forefront of many fans minds as the two went toe-to-toe for three rounds last year in Jacksonville at UFC 273.
Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold
Paulo Costa and Luke Rockhold earned Fight of the Night honors in this co-main event scrap that signified Costa's return to the middleweight division and an end to Rockhold's career inside the Octagon.
Khamzat Chimaev vs Li Jingliang
"Borz" is no stranger to success inside Etihad Arena. Back in 2021 at UFC 287, Chimaev extended his record to 10-0 after his submitted Li "The Leech" Jingliang in the first round, earning a Performance of the Night bonus.
UFC 294: Makhachev vs Volkanovski 2 took place live from Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE on October 21, 2023. See the Final Results, Official Scorecards and Who Won Bonuses - and relive the action on UFC Fight Pass!