UFC lightweight contender Islam Makhachev said the top ten fighters in the UFC’s 155-pound division are afraid of him.
In a recent video of a fight preview released by the UFC, the Dagestani fighter said high-ranking fighters were afraid to fight him in the octagon.
“I have great punches, good fights, and I also have wrestling games. But these are all 10 kids, no one wants to fight … I think they’re just scared.” said Islam Makhachev.
In a UFC Vegas 31 preview, Islam Makhachev said he didn’t believe his upcoming opponent, Tiago Moises, would have a five-round fight. He said:
“I don’t think so [Thiago Moises] It can fight for 25 minutes. I want to finish it like my last opponent … I will finish Tiago and it doesn’t matter who he is, I have to fight for the championship. “
Watch the full review of the fight below:
The Dagestani fighter will host the Brazilian on July 17, 2021 in the main event of UFC Vegas 31.
Also read: Here are 3 things you need to know about Islam Maxachev’s next opponent, Tiago Moises
“We had to fight” – Islam Makhachev believes that he may face Rafael dos Anjos next
Ahead of the fight against Tiago Moises, Islam Makhachev said he could face Rafael Dos Anjos next. In an interview with John Morgan, the 29-year-old said he could stand in line to fight the ‘RDA’ after defeating Moises at UFC Vegas 31.
“I had to fight him [Rafael dos Anjos] Abu Dhabi. He took the Corona and they canceled the fight, then I came to Vegas and got an infection. We had to fight, but maybe it’s the next one, I don’t know. ” Islam Mkahachev said.
The Dagestani fighter also shared his excitement about the title of his first UFC fight. Makhachev said:
“I am very happy because this is my first major event. Five rounds, which is good before giving me a championship fight because I sometimes have to fight five rounds. I need to feel five rounds and change my five-round schedule. ”
Watch the interview with MMA Junkie below:
Makhachev currently leads a seven-fight winning streak in the UFC.