Who is Islam Makhachev? How is he related to Khabib Nurmagomedov?

Here is everything you need to know about Islam Makhachev and his relation to UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev

Islam Makhachev is a fast-rising UFC lightweight who is currently ranked number 9 in the world’s biggest MMA promotion. Hailing from the Republic of Dagestan, Makhachev took to the sport like a duck to water. With a record of 19 wins and just one loss, ‘The Dagestani’ has been soaring in the UFC.

Islam Makhachev is currently on a 7-fight win streak, with his last loss, which happens to be his only loss, coming way back in 2015, against Adriano Martins at UFC 192. There has been no looking back for the Russian from there, as he has made his way up the lightweight ladder. In a matter of hours, he has an important assignment coming up against number 14 ranked Thiago Moises of Brazil at the UFC Fight Night headlined by the pair.

How is Islam Makhachev related to Khabib Nurmagomedov?

Islam Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov
Islam Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov

Many might wonder if Islam Makhachev is related to the great Khabib Nurmagomedov. The pair have been spotted together very often, posting training photos and videos, and always accompanying each other during fight weeks. In fact, both Khabib and Makhachev hail from the Republic of Dagestan. But, are they related? No, they aren’t.

Khabib and Makhachev have known each other right from childhood since both lived close to each other in Makhachkala. They often attended several Sambo competitions together. The friendship developed way back during their childhood has been strong even until today. They train together at their coach Javier Mendez’s American Kick Boxing Academy. Many believe Makhachev would be the man to carry on Khabib’s legacy.

Makhachev is highly valued by Khabib. In fact, ‘The Eagle’ has now become the coach of Makhachev following his retirement from MMA last year. Coach Khabib accompanied Makhachev in his last fight against Drew Dober at UFC 259. He will once again be by his corner as a coach, when Makhachev takes on Thiago Moises.

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