Dan Hooker, Belal Muhammad, Dillon Danis and Other UFC Stars React to Islam Makhachev’s Domination at UFC Vegas 31

Published 07/18/2021, 2:03 AM EDT


Islam Makhachev headlined a UFC card for the first time in his career. In a bid to extend his win streak to 8-0 in the promotion, the Dagestani fighter accepted a fight against 14th ranked Moises. Going into the fight, in interviews, ‘The Eagle’ spoke highly of Makhachev as he has in the past as well. He claimed that Makhachev would dominate top lightweights such as Dustin Poirier and champion Charles Oliveira. 

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At the UFC APEX, Islam lived up to all the hype he had garnered and some more. He secured an impressive fourth-round rear-naked choke win over Moises. Makhachev was in control from the very first round and did exactly what he said he would do. “Take him down, make him tired, and choke him out.” Here is what the fans on Twitter had to say about Makhachev’s performance. 

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Twitter reacts as Islam Makhachev extends his win streak to 8-0

Michael Chandler, who was covering the event tonight, put out a question for his fans.

Dan Hooker posted a GIF in response to Makhachev’s post-fight interview.

Ariel Helwani shared possible matchups for Makhachev after a dominant win tonight.

Dillon Danis shared his thoughts on Makhachev’s performance tonight.

Belal Muhammad was high on praise for Islam after his win tonight.

Theo Von hyped fans up for the main event tonight.

Islam Makhachev vs Tony Ferguson anyone?

‘Platinum’ Mike Perry shared his thoughts on the main event at UFC Vegas 31.

Aljamain Sterling gave his verdict on the main event.

Jimi Manuwa was extremely critical of the two men involved in the main event at UFC Vegas 31.

Edmen Shahbazyan labeled Makhachev’s performance tonight ‘beautiful’.

Alan Jouban felt Islam Makhachev made a statement with the finish tonight.

Brett Okamoto reveals Khabib Nurmagomedov’s plans for his protege.

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After an impressive performance like that, the options are endless for Makhachev. In the post-fight interview, he stated that he wanted Rafael dos Anjos in his next fight. He also called out the likes of Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson. As Makhachev will without a doubt face a top-ranked lightweight in his next fight, it will be interesting to see who the UFC gives him next.

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What did you make of Makhachev’s performance tonight? Do you think he has the potential to become the lightweight champion? And who should he face next? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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