“A Father’s Labor Always Comes First” – Fans React to Khabib’s Protege Islam Makhachev’s Rare Photo With His Father

Published 12/25/2022, 2:30 PM EST

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Islam Makhachev is one of the names who had a meteoric rise in the UFC. The boy from Dagestan went from Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s cornerman to becoming the UFC’s lightweight champion in a brief span of time. Makhachev is known for his all-around grip on the fight game, matching superb striking with a gruesome ground game. He was also a part of the infamous brawl that broke out involving the entire teams of ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor and ‘The Eagle’ Khabib Nurmagomedov after their bout at UFC 229. The Russian went on to claim the UFC lightweight title, defeating the noted Charles ‘do Bronx’ Oliveira at their UFC 280 showdown.

Makhachev is also an avid social media user. He often takes to social media and updates his followers with his whereabouts. Recently, Makhachev put out an Instagram post, lauding his father who, according to him, had worked a lot harder than him in his life. This post from the UFC lightweight champion garnered an insane number of reactions from his followers.

Fans lauded the wholesome Instagram post by Islam Makhachev


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Makhachev revealed in his post that his father was also a true champion in his own way. His Instagram post showcased an old snap of his father with two kids, one of which was Makhachev himself.

His caption read, “My father worked harder than me to become a champion! New Year’s Eve at #mountains #from”.

There was hardly any negative reply to Makhachev‘s post. However, the fans chose to present a variety of opinions on this post.

One Instagram user wished his father and commented, “May Allah grant your father a long life and worthy of respect”.

One more fan also agreed with Makhachev‘s caption and added, “A father’s labor always comes first”.

Another one also wrote, “The father of a champion”.

Fans also labeled Makhachev a copy of his father along with other comments

Although there will obviously be similarities between a father and a son, the fans noticed a more-than-usual match between the appearances of Makhachev and his father. One fan commented, “Copy paste”. His implication was quite evident from his two-word comment. Another user wrote, “You look so much like your father!”.

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Makhachev‘s family was also lauded by one of the fans who mentioned, “Bloodline of champions”.

Some others also presented distinct opinions on Makhachev‘s post, “Why does he look like joey from friends?”.

One more fan wrote, “Now we know where the strength is started”.

One more fan predicted Makhachev‘s upcoming fight with the UFC Featherweight Champion, Alexander Volkanovski which could make him a two-weight-division champion. The fan wrote, “Champ Champ”. 

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Makhachev has always been very close to his father. He prefers keeping his family at peace and therefore avoids talking about his family in front of the camera or publishers. But we finally saw his bond with his father when he couldn’t stop his tears while handing over his Lightweight belt to his father. Long live such pure relations.


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What would you comment on this wholesome snap of the UFC Lightweight Champ?




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Souvik Roy

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Souvik Roy is currently a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. An avid UFC follower, Souvik combined his love for the sport and his passion for words to turn his interest into his Livelihood. A Diploma holder in Electrical Engineering, Souvik has worked as a Freelance Link Builder and Content Writer previously and wrote for various clients and businesses.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana