"When you finish, the time of Islam will come," were the words of Khabib's late father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who often spoke to his son. Khabib also often points out that Islam Makhachev (19-1, 8-1 UFC) is the best fighter in the UFC lightweight category and it is only a matter of time before he wins the belt.
The 29-year-old Islam is currently on seven wins in a row and occupies ninth place in the UFC lightweight standings. This weekend he will lead the UFC on ESPN 26 event by fighting Brazilian Thiago Moises (15-4, 4-2 UFC). Khabib Nurmagomedov in an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto took the opportunity to re-highlight Islam Makhachev as the future UFC lightweight champion.
"I think he is ahead of all the lightweight fighters. I really believe he can finish Dustin Poirier." "Dustin may be upset by this statement, but I truly believe that Islam can end him. Charles Oliveira would be destroyed.
I don’t think Charles could play with his jiu-jitsu guard against Islam. We just need time and we hope to avoid accidents, '' Khabib said. Thiago Moises on the other hand is not so fascinated by his opponent and thinks Makhachev is nothing like Khabib.
'' I think Khabib's pace is higher than his. Khabib works constantly, does not stop, exerts more pressure. Islam is technically somewhat more refined on his feet." "For me, Khabib is the best lightweight fighter in history.
No one is like him, and neither is Islam. The biggest difference between them is in the pace at which they fight, '' Moises said in an interview with MMA Junkie.
The Brazilian is also in a good run. He has defeated the last three opponents, and these are solid fighters like Michael Johnson, Bobby Green and Alexander Hernandez.
If he manages to overcome the obstacle in the form of Islam Makhachev, he could significantly jump from his fourteenth place, which he currently holds in the UFC rankings. We have noticed that more and more attention is being paid to Islam Makhachev.
The reason for this is that Khabib often mentions Makhachev in his statements and believes that he is indeed a top fighter who can very easily conquer the category in which Khabibi once dominated. There is a lot of talk about him, and that is what will create even more pressure on Islam to try to live up to such expectations. If he is as nearly good as Nurmagomedov, he will surely have a great career!