Khabib: Islam Makhachev will run UFC’s Lightweight division by the end of 2021

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, has no plans to compete anytime soon after announcing his retirement from the sport after UFC 254 in Oct. 2020. Even though UFC President, Dana White, has been trying his hardest to get “The Eagle” to fight at least one more time.

Should Khabib stay retired, he is very confident his teammate, Islam Makhachev, will be the one to follow in his dominant footsteps, saying that by the end of 2021 Makhachev will be at the top of the 155-pound weight class.

“Now, everybody talks about Dustin, Conor, Chandler, Justin, Oliveira,” Nurmagomedov told ESPN. “But by the end of the year, it’s gonna be changed. I don’t think anyone can beat [Makhachev] right now. He will run [the division].”

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Makhachev is currently on a six-fight win streak and is 18-1 overall with his lone defeat coming at the hands of Adriano Martins, a first round knockout loss at UFC 192 five years ago. Since then, Islam has been on a terrorizing run through the Lightweight division, though he hasn’t exactly picked up a staple win against a high-ranked opponent who sticks out.

Of course, that can all change once Makhachev — currently ranked No. 14 — starts getting the bigger name opponents. Up next for the Russian-born wrestling powerhouse is a match up against Drew Dober at UFC 259 this weekend (Sat., March 6, 2021) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Do you think Makhachev has what it takes to prove Nurmagomedov right?

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Oliviera would be a very difficult stylistic hurdle for him

In 5 years he’s never fought anybody even close to the top 10

I mean right now Chandler and Dustin look like the two guys who will trade "running the division" back and forth

chandler? more like Oliveira

He has exactly 1 more impressive win than Islam does

Another guy that’s dodged ducked dipped dived and dodged his way to a winning streak over bums, nobodies, and 1 decent win over a shell shocked Fergy

Lol look up who all Charles has fought

Dudes record would look a lot better if he dodged a few of those killers back In the day. U lil bitch

Proving my point

He fought actual competition and get his ass kicked so the only way he could put together and actual win streak was to pick and choose the right opponents at the right times.

Or.. he improved


How can we know improved

when his level of competition took a nose dive?

I mean he has an even less impressive streak than Khabib did, which is an almost impossible feat in the UFC’s historically most stacked division.

Yeah, 29-0 ain't much of a streak.

And technically only lost 2 rounds in that streak, it’s not just the wins. With how easily he beat the top contenders in the most loaded division I don’t know how anyone can crap on his record lol.

Which two rounds did Khabib even lose?

I know people like to say Conor took 1 or 2 off of him but I don’t but it

I totally agree, on paper judges gave Conor round 3, but Khabib was standing in Conor’s face taunting him in that round and literally slapped him and was never in danger of any kind. The judges also gave Justin round 1, they landed equal sig strikes and khabib got a takedown.

By using your eyes

Oliveira's record shows he struggled against top competition.

Tony is by far his biggest win.
We will see where he’s at with his next fight, until then I’m not sold.

Apparently it’s title or bust.

But Khabib is technically still champ, but doesn’t want to go back on retirement. So Oliveira may have no choice but to fight. It should be Justin.

If there's no TD

Dober will KO him out, Dober is coming into his own, he’s gonna shock some people

This is Khabib's response to Dana's stalking and harassment

It’s like when the chick you ghosted won’t give it up, so you have one of your buddies dive on the grenade. Hope they throw some B+ dick so your phone stops blowing up.

I really hope they come up with a pill

that will make me last 50 more years just to see the evolution of people that think like this.

These kids wrestle bears. American kids are bubble wrapped, playing Fortnite.

I want to inform you that most kids who play with bears don’t transform into Khabib.

They live their lives in a village in the mountains. The American fortnite kids go on to live in developed cities, have respectable incomes and access to all the fun stuff associated to modern living.

Using 1 guy’s success

to denigrate the entire American college and amateur wrestling system.

What a fucking goof you are


Little savages on wrestling mats across America. Great fighters from all over the world one of the coolest things about MMA.

How many times did you get your ass kicked growing up?

You take everything so literally. I am on a way higher frequency than you. You’ve locked up so long you’re going nuts. It happens bud I hope you can get the help you need. I can imagine the state of fear you are in. I’ve been there.

Call me a casual but I have a hard time remembering any of Makhachev's fights.

An 18-1 record is impressive, but he hasn’t faced a high level of competition yet. He was scheduled to face RDA, but that fell through a couple times. I’m surprised Dober is unranked, but he still seems like a step up in competition compared to the guys Islam has faced so far. If he’s gonna rule the division by the end of the year, he needs to get moving. Having an impressive performance on the main card of this PPV is a good start. We shall see.

Khabib just pumping up his cousin.....give him chandler lets see what happens. Hopefully Makhachev gets destroyed forcing Khabib back to defend his honour

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