“I Don’t Want to Live Life Like Khabib Nurmagomedov”- Islam Makhachev Makes a Shocking Claim

Published 10/29/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
MOSCOW, RUSSIA – NOVEMBER 8, 2019: MMA fighter Islam Makhachev ahead of a weigh-in prior to the UFC Fight Night 163 at the CSKA Arena. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


Islam Makhachev has been highly rated by Khabib Nurmagomedov for a while now. ‘The Eagle’ believes that Makhachev is the fighter who will continue his legacy in the UFC. Makhachev is potentially one fight away from challenging for the title if he secures a win over Dan Hooker this weekend at UFC 267. 

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‘The Eagle’ is an inspiration and a role model for the 30-year-old and he aims to follow Nurmagomedov’s footsteps. That said, Makhachev has maintained that he wants to emulate Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

However, there are parts of Nurmagomedov’s life that Makhachev is not a fan of and will not follow once he becomes a champion. In a sit-down interview with Daniel Cormier, he explained why that is so.

Makhachev said, “You know, I don’t want to live life like Khabib. You know, he travel a lot. He is still training everyday. He come every fight support all guys. After when I retire, I want just little bit rest you know, spend lot of time with family, friends and don’t travel too much. Because I so much love Dagestan.”

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Will Islam Makhachev need a finish to secure a title shot?

Makhachev has been unbeaten in the UFC since his knockout loss against Adriano Martins in October 2015. Since then, he has won eight fights on the trot. The only person in the lightweight division that comes close to him in terms of win streak in the UFC is the champion, Charles Oliveira. ‘Do Bronx’ will defend his title against Dustin Poirier in the last PPV event of the year. 

 

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Just one week after Makhachev’s fight, Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler will face off in an epic lightweight clash. The winner of that fight and the winner of Hooker vs Makhachev will be in contention for the next title shot.

Given both Gaethje and Chandler came up short in their title challenge in just their last outings, Islam Makhachev should rightfully get the title shot if he secures a win against Hooker.  

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However, many fans and pundits also believe that If Makhachev looks lackluster or is unable to finish Hooker, the winner of Chandler vs Gaethje might jump him for a title shot. 

Who do you think deserves the next title shot at lightweight? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is a senior UFC 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 desk, 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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