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Midnight Mania! Khabib: Islam Makhachev finishes Poirier, mauls Oliveira

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Khabib Nurmagomedov may not be the man who described himself as “mystic,” but the former Lightweight kingpin has long demonstrated a keen eye for predictions. He foresaw his own rise to the top with scary accuracy, and “The Eagle has correctly foretold many a main event.

One of Khabib’s more consistent prophecies regards the future of his team mate, Islam Makhachev. Nurmagomedov has repeatedly told of gold in Makhachev’s future, naming him as his heir at 155 lbs. While the Lightweight division continues to change as more high-profile bouts either occur or are booked, Nurmagomedov is still confident in his half of this week’s overlooked main event.

“I think he’s a little bit ahead of all these guys,” Khabib told Brett Okamoto. “I truly believe he can finish Dustin Poirier. Maybe Dustin’s gonna be upset, but I truly believe he can finish Dustin Poirier. He can maul Charles Oliveira. I don’t think Charles can play with him like this, all jiu-jitsu guard. We just need time and no accidents.”

Historically, Nurmagomedov has been quite respectful towards both Poirier and Oliveira, which goes to show just how much confidence he has in his countryman. Makhachev is scheduled to face Thiago Moises on Saturday night, and a victory would set him up for a high-profile match up near the end of 2021.

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