Khabib Nurmagomedov sees no better matchup in the lightweight division than Islam Makhachev vs Charles Oliviera. The former lightweight champion says a title shot for Islam is inevitable.
Islam Makhachev could not have made a stronger statement than today’s win against Bobby Green at UFC Vegas 49. Makhachev, who was training 3 months to take on Beneil Dariush had to fight Green instead after Dariush pulled out due to injury. Makhachev vowed that he will finish Green and he sure did keep up his words.
Makhachev defeated Green via TKO in the very first round of the main event and made a strong claim to the next title shot. Khabib Nurmagomedov, a close friend and now coach of Makhachev says that Islam needs to fight against someone who is on his level. Lightweight champion Charles Oliveira is the right matchup, he believes.
“This is what we expected,” said Khabib after Islam defeated Bobby in the first round. “Like Islam said in the weigh-in, it’s not gonna be five-round, it’s gonna be two or one round. Because of a lot of things. Amateur career, professional career, UFC career, his win streak, his age, his hunger, everything came together.”
“Islam on different level” Khabib Nurmagomedov rates Makhachev above everyone else
Khabib believes that skill-wise there are not many in the lightweight division that comes close to Islam. The former UFC lightweight champion also has said that in the handful of “ELITE” fighters in the UFC roster, Makhachev definitely makes the cut. “Islam is on a different level right now. He needs someone like a high-level fighter who has the same win streak. Like Charles Oliveira,” said Khabib.
“They have to make this fight. If Charles beat Justin Gaethje it’s going to be amazing fight. It is going to be an amazing fight for the UFC.” Islam now has the second-best win streak among active fighters. He has now won 10 fights in a row and is tied with Charles Oliveira and Alexander Volkanovski with a 10-fight win streak.
In the last 11 months, Islam has defeated four opponents and has finished all of them. He now has 7 finishes out of 12 fights in the UFC. Do you think Makhachev deserves the title shot next?