UFC light-weight contender Islam Makhachev has revealed that Khabib Nurmagomedov put stress on him all through his struggle in opposition to Thiago Moises at UFC Vegas 31.
In a post-fight interview, Makhachev said that ‘The Eagle’ stored telling the 29-year-old to take the struggle to the bottom.
“This man [Khabib Nurmagomedov] pressured me all 4 rounds. ‘Take him down, take him, take him down.’ I simply wanna strike with him somewhat bit, however this man stress me, you realize.” Islam Makhachev mentioned.
Nurmagomedov and Makhachev are childhood mates who grew up collectively and educated underneath Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
Within the post-fight interview, the 20-1 fighter revealed the recommendation his coach Abdulmanap used to offer Makhachev.
“My coach Abdulmanap [Nurmagomedov] at all times inform me, ‘You could have a lot better [skills] than anyone. Wrestling abilities, grappling abilities, use your abilities.'”
Makhachev named Tony Ferguson, Michael Chandler, and Rafael dos Anjos because the three fighters he’d wish to face subsequent. The Dagestani fighter mentioned Chandler can be primary on his checklist of subsequent opponents.
“He [Michael Chandler] has [a] good title, like he is good now…I feel Chandler is [a] very attention-grabbing struggle for me. Everyone speak about him, he struggle for the title couple of months in the past. That is why.” Islam Makhachev added.
The 29-year-old additionally believes that when he will get the title shot, it is going to be in opposition to Dustin Poirier.
“I feel [Dustin] Poirier. As a result of this man have loopy expertise, he have good abilities, you realize.”
You’ll be able to watch the total interview under:
With a win at UFC Vegas 31, Islam Makhachev extends his successful streak to eight
Islam Makhachev placed on a dominant efficiency in opposition to Thiago Moises in the primary occasion of UFC Vegas 31. After controlling a lot of the struggle, the Dagestani fighter completed Moises by way of submission within the fourth spherical. This was Makhachev’s first time headlining a UFC important occasion.
With the victory, the 29-year-old is now driving a powerful eight-fight successful streak. He was ranked No.9 within the light-weight division coming into the struggle. Makhachev will undoubtedly look to face an opponent from the division’s high 5 subsequent.