“I Have To Show People”-Islam Makhachev Explains How He’s Going To Beat Dan Hooker at UFC 267

Published 10/27/2021, 2:07 PM EDT
BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Islam Makhachev of Russia celebrates after his knockout victory over Gleison Tibau of Brazil in their lightweight bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Islam Makhachev is easily one of the most dominant fighters in UFC right now. The Dagestani fighter is an absolute powerhouse of a wrestler as well as a fantastic striker. Makhachev is presently undefeated in his last eight fights. In his professional MMA career, the Dagestani fighter has a stunning fight record of 20 victories and 1 defeat.

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The lightweight contender is all set to face Dan “The Hangman” Hooker in the highly anticipated UFC 267 event in Abu Dhabi. Makhachev recently appeared at the press conference for his forthcoming fight at UFC 267. In the press conference, he covered a variety of topics, including his next opponent, Dan Hooker.

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When questioned about his fight against Hooker, he stated, “I know I have to finish Dan Hooker because I finished last my three opponents. And I try to finish all my opponents, you know. But I should I have to show people show UFC how my level because very soon I have to fight for the title. That’s why I’m gonna try to finish him every way.”

The Dagestani appears to be unstoppable right now, however, Dan Hooker is also in excellent form. Their fight will certainly be a joy to watch, knowing the fighting style they both possess. If Hooker can avoid Islam’s lethal grappling, this match might go in the Kiwi’s favor. However, if Islam is successful in his takedowns, he will undoubtedly have the upper hand at UFC 267.

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Islam Makhachev on having Khabib’s support for his upcoming fight

Islam Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov share an inseparable bond with each other. Although they aren’t biological brothers, they have grown up together and have built their fighting careers under Khabib’s late father. Islam Makhachev is frequently compared to Khabib Nurmagomedov due to their extremely similar fighting techniques.

For his upcoming fight at UFC 267, Makhachev and Khabib trained together. At the UFC 267 press conference, Islam said, “I wanna be like Khabib, you know. I’m training with him all the time. He gives me like very big support. This is not pressure for me. I just happy because I have some guy like him on my back.”

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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