Islam Makhachev, the UFC’s lightweight mixed martial arts coach, who greeted from the mountains of Russia’s Dagestan, is also believed to be glorious in mixed martial arts, like former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Wearing “eagle” combat gloves, Islam Makhachev lifts the mantle of Dagestan’s pride in martial arts. It remains to be seen whether Makhachev will be able to fill Khabib Nurmagomedov’s huge shoe and whether he can become the next Dagestan UFC champion. But the 29-year-old looks set to be able to do the job perfectly if his recent interview with UFC Filter Unit 512 is possible.
Responding to what it means to represent Dagestan in the post-Habib period, Islam Makhachev said that his country wants a new champion and he is ready to be himself.
“Because now everyone knows Habib [Nurmagomedov], many people love MMA. They need a new champion. That is why I always train hard and one day I will come to Dagestan with a belt, ”said Islam Makhachev.
Islam Maxachev will face Tiago Moises in the UFC Vegas 31 lightweight main event on Saturday, July 17 at the UFC Apex Arena.
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Watch the full interview with UFC Filter below:
Islam Makhachev about Khabib Nurmagomedov: “He looks like a big brother to me”
Fans and experts are constantly comparing Islam Makhachev with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Some claim that Makhachev could surpass Nurmagomedov in MMA praise. However, there is no bad blood between the two of them.
On the contrary, Makhachev and Nurmagomedov are as close as brothers, they grew up together and trained in the same gym under Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
In a recent interview with MMA Extra, Islam Makhachev spoke about his relationship with Khabib Nurmagomedov and the fact that “Burgut” will always inspire him both in his career and in his life.
“Me and Khabib, we have a very close relationship,” Islam Makhachev told MMA Extra. He’s not only my sparring partner or friend, but he’s like my big brother who showed me the way of life. The way for us. He showed us the way to go and our training. I said I would remember him throughout my career in sports, and probably all my life, because I’ve known him since school, and we’ve been on that path too. School. We used to live a few minutes apart, then started training together, so I’ve known him my whole life. “(Translation compliment: MMA Extra)
If we take into account the very large competitors in the heavyweight category, Islam Makhachev has a task to climb to the top in the lightweight category. But if there is one person who can help him reach it, it is Khabib Nurmagomedov.