Islam Makhachev successfully defended his title in a match against Alexander Volkanovski. Makhachev is now convinced that he is the best fighter in the world. “It doesn’t matter how I won today, now I’m not just champion, I’m the best fighter in the world,” Makhachev said, as quoted by mmafighting.com “I am very happy.
Now people are going to call me not just champ, but ‘best fighter in the world.’ This is my dream, and it doesn’t matter how I won, I’m very happy”. Makhachev spoke about difficult moments and obstacles.
However, such things did not affect him, and he managed to win. “It was a hard fight with Volkanovski because of many things,” Makhachev said. “I come from another country, more than 13,000 kilometers from my country, I come with my team, and the time is changed, and we come to the arena early morning, many things.
But I don’t prepare myself for easy fights. We fight not for the belt, but for who is going to be the best fighter in the world. That’s why it was a hard fight”. Volkanovski said after the match that Makhachev turned to his team after the match and was surprised by the outcome.
“I didn’t say that,” he said. “I know in my mind, when the fight was finished, I know minimum I won three rounds. I didn’t say I lost nothing”.
Nate Diaz, tweeted, "Islam got his ass whooped." Islam replied; “Honestly, I don’t want to talk about this guy,” Makhachev said.
“I don’t know what he’s saying. Maybe he smoked something and watched the fight”. Although many consider Jon Jones to be the greatest in the UFC, Khamzat Chimaev believes that he is. “Jon Jones is a great fighter,” Makhachev said. “He is the best, but last time he won a split decision, he always has a hard fight.
I don’t know, I don’t think after this fight he’s going to be the best, because why am I the best right now? Because I beat the best fighter in the world. That’s why I think I deserve this more and if somebody wants to be the best, I am ready. Come in”.
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