‘Good Luck Tonight Brother’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Sends a Message Ahead of UFC 259

Published 03/06/2021, 8:37 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight championship bout against Dustin Poirier during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, took to social media and sent out a pre-fight wish to his teammate, Islam Makhachev. The Russian fighter makes his first appearance of 2021 on the main card for UFC 259 taking place in Vegas. Makhachev is looking to break into the top 10 with a statement win over Drew Dober on the main card.

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Chiefly, Nurmagomedov has been a long-time supporter of Makhachev and has been backing him in his corner constantly. Furthermore, there’s been a major emphasis placed on Islam Makhachev being a future champion in the organization. In fact, several people including ‘The Eagle’ have been or record to say that he will be Khabib’s successor as lightweight king.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is on the cusp of walking away from active competition following his last win at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi. He’s been talking about retirement for a while now, and it seems like it’s finally Islam’s time to step in. His bout against Drew Dober will truly be defining for his career in more ways than one.

UFC 259: Islam Makhachev vs Drew Dober

The Eagles MMA and AKA fighter in Makhachev has struggled with inactivity and didn’t fight even once in 2020. Moreover, the general consensus is that with a high rate of activity he’ll be well on his way towards a championship run. Nonetheless, with all things squared for his fight against Dober, Makhachev stands at the ready.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 05: (L-R) Opponents Islam Makhachev and Drew Dober face off during the UFC 259 weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, Drew Dober isn’t an easy night at the office and is coming off three straight wins via T/KO. One false move could mean a serious derailment of the hype train that is riding behind Makhachev at the moment.

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It will all come down to his anti-wrestling base and being wary of the Russian’s power left overhand.

The winner of the bout will move forward and jump a few spots in the stacked UFC lightweight rankings. Not to mention, with the title supposedly being up for grabs, it’s a matter of time before things fall in place for a new contender. It’s all on the table for the aforementioned lightweights, and the world will be watching UFC 259.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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