‘I’ll Reach This Belt With a 20 Fight Streak’- Islam Makhachev Takes a Dig at Top UFC Lightweights

Published 05/19/2021, 10:32 AM 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 all set to face Thiago Moises at the UFC Fight Night 191. Makhachev last fought at UFC 259 against Drew Dober. Makhachev ended up winning the fight via submission in the third round. Now Makhachev is all ready to face Moises and will fly to America soon for the fight.

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Recently Makhachev took to Instagram to share details about the same. He wrote, “On July 17, I will hold the next fight in Las Vegas. In the near future, I will fly to America for training.”

Makhachev will look to improve on his already impressive MMA record of (19-1). The fighter is currently No.10 in the UFC lightweight rankings and would look to win his next fight to make his way towards the title.

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Islam Makhachev believes his career is moving in the right direction

Makhachev has a great UFC career till now winning 8 out of 9 UFC fights. However, the fighter believes that no top-tier fighter is still agreeing to fight with him and that is slowing his progress in the division.

“We were looking for an opponent for a long time, but we have the following schedule: out of the top 10, none of the free ones agreed to fight for various reasons. They said if you have to get the top you have to wait until November, December.”

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Although Makhachev believes is doing everything well and has an illustrious career lined up for him. He believes that fighting top-ranked guys would certainly help him a lot.

“My career is moving slowly but in the right direction. Winning every fight makes me higher in ranking. At some point in my old age, I will reach this belt with a 20-fight streak.”

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What does the future hold for Makhachev?

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Although Makhachev did not get to fight a top-ranked lightweight fighter, he is still fighting one of the brightest talents of the UFC lightweight division. Moises is ranked No.15 in the UFC and is coming into the fight on the back of three consecutive victories.

Makhachev would be looking to win this fight and then secure a fight against one of the high-ranked UFC fighters. Makhachev is just 29 years old and still has quite some time left in his career. Therefore, it is certain that we will see the fighter compete against top UFC names in the near future.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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