VIDEO: Khabib Nurmagomedov Gets Super Excited as a Cornerman at UFC 259 for Islam Makhachev

Published 03/06/2021, 11:54 PM EST


UFC lightweight contender, Islam Makhachev, stormed the gates of the division with a dominant arm-triangle submission over Drew Dober. Makhachev implemented his grappling heavy game plan right from the get-go and terrorized Dober with constant and unrelenting pressure.

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Islam Makhachev will now surely receive a massive bump up in the rankings and head closer to contention at lightweight. His performance impressed Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was in his corner at the UFC Apex.

Furthermore, he lived up to ‘The Eagle’s’ words that he will be a future champion at 155 pounds.

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Makhachev was patiently hanging on to every word of advice that came from Khabib Nurmagomedov in his corner. The lightweight champion has seen it all and is not short on a wealth of experience in fighting at a high level. His expertise is expected to carry several AKA and Eagle MMA fighters to actualize a championship dream.

Fans of the sport have come to expect Nurmagomedov to take on his role as the chief trainer in his father’s absence. Fighters like Islam Makhachev will thrive off the tutelage and experience handed down to them from ‘The Eagle’. They have all trained in the same circuit and are well aware of everything that is on offer upon actualizing gold.

Following his win, Makhachev will want to remain active and ensure that he isn’t away from the octagon for a lengthy period once more.

UFC 259: What’s next for Islam Makhachev

After taking out a heavy hitter in Dober, Islam is staring down the barrel of a potential top 5 opponent if things play out well. Given how the division is stacked with killers, it’s more likely he’ll draw someone in the top 10. Beneil Dariush sticks out as a viable threat, especially since he beat Drew Dober as well and is surging.

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Furthermore, he expressed his interest in fighting Tony Ferguson too.

Opponent aside, the main goal of Islam Makhachev will be to remain active and fight at least three times in 2021. Inactivity has caused him to remain a fringe contender and not really break into the upper ranks. Now, it seems like injuries are largely behind him, and a run to the title is in his future.

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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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