Islam Makhachev, who came out of the hills of Dagestan with greetings, admitted his ability for a fighting game at the age of 15. The 15-year-old forward and the 29-year-old will headline a card set up by the world’s leading MMA promoter.
In Makhachev’s corner will be former UFC great Khabib Nurmagomedov, with whom he shares a fraternal relationship. The Dagestani duo have been training together since childhood and have always had each other’s waists.
While Habib is bidding farewell to MMA, Maxachev is aiming to become known in the UFC lightweight division in the post-Habib era – a difficult task to attract the best contenders in the 155kg weight class. .
However, growth with the best things has its own advantages, and Maxachev will be forever grateful for it.
“Me and Khabib, we are in a very close relationship,” Islam Makhachev told MMA Extra. “He’s not only my sparring partner or friend, but he’s like a big brother who has shown me the way of life. He has already come a long way for us. He showed us the way we should go and practice. I would say I will remember him throughout my career in sports and probably all my life, because I have known him since school and we went to the same school. We used to live a few minutes apart. Later, we started training together, so I’ve known him all my life. ” (Translation compliment: MMA Extra)
Islam Makhachev and Khabib both trained under Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was a great leader to Islam Makhachev and Khabib. He nurtured the talents of both students and made them MMA superstars.
Makhachev and Khabib, who trained under him, won gold medals at the World Sambo Championship.
A year before his death, Nurmagomedov was named the most successful sambo coach in Russia. He was also awarded the “Honored Coach of Russia” award. In July 2020, the legendary coach died, causing Habib to hang up his gloves after his UFC 254 victory over Justin Gate.
As Habib retires, Islam Makhachev plans to honor Nurmagomedov’s legacy by becoming the next UFC lightweight champion. The 29-year-old will face Tiago Moises in UFC Vegas 31 this weekend.