Islam Makhachev will return this weekend to play against Thiago Moises at UFC Vegas 31, and many expect another resounding win for the Russian.
In upgrading the fight, Islam Makhachev was forced to answer many questions about it his connection with Khabib. In a recent interview, he gave his thoughts in comparison between himself and the “Eagle.”
Answering whether he was annoyed by comparisons with Khabib, Makhachev said:
“No, because he is [Khabib] is the champion. This is not just a champion, this is my big brother. Now he is my coach too. Throughout my professional career he has been my sparring partner. “
Speaking about Nurmagomed’s motivational abilities, Islam remarked:
“He always pushes everything and we have to train harder. He always told me, ‘you’re going to be a champion.’ I just have to train hard. ”
Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from professional mixed martial arts last year with an undefeated 29-0. Since then, we have heard a lot about future stars coming out of Russia and who could be the “next Khabib”. The majority agreed that Islam Makhachov was the natural successor of the Russians.
How good can Islam Makhachev be?
We have all known for a long time that Islam Makhachev could be the next big thing, and against Moises he is expected to prove it to a great extent.
So instead of piling on Nurmagomedov’s comparisons, maybe it’s time to let him get out and get on his feet?
It’s more than capable anyway, but in the context of a lightweight division, there’s very little room for error. It’s about a potential fight for the 155-pound belt next year, and given that the cover image will look incredibly crowded at the moment, it will be fascinating to see if that materializes.
Islam Makhachev begins to put all the pieces together in his game; we saw that in his latest outing against Drew Dober. If he can keep the same intensity against Moises, fans could see something special on Saturday night.