VIDEO: Islam Makhachev Gets Hasbulla Magomedov Into the Ring to Celebrate First Round Victory Against Dan Hooker at UFC 267

Published 10/30/2021, 4:39 PM EDT


Islam Makhachev pushed his chances for a title fight after a dominating performance against Dan Hooker. The Russian fighter took the Kiwi down early and, within no time, caught him in a Kimura lock.

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Even before the fight, many were asking for a title shot for Makhachev if he got past Hooker. After a performance like that, UFC will definitely be forced to listen to the demands. This was Makhachev’s ninth win in a row and 10th win via submission.

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After winning the fight, Makhachev demanded a title shot for his next fight. He even celebrated with Hasbulla, who was at the event to support him.

This was his third fight this year, and it was also his third win via submission in 2021. After a win against the number 6 ranked Dan Hooker, he for sure can think of getting a title shot next.

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Twitter erupted after Islam Makhachev’s win

Many people believe Makhachev is Nurmagomedov’s successor in the lightweight division. And with a performance like that, there won’t be many doubters left. The Russian showed his superiority on the mat and didn’t let his opponent settle. After taking Hooker down early, he sprawled to find the right position to secure that Kimura lock to earn the finish in just 2 minutes and 25 seconds of the first round.

His win at UFC 267 got people excited and even got a reaction from UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

According to many, with this win, Makhachev got closer to a title fight for sure. People even called him a beast.

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Islam Makhachev is on a roll and definitely deserves the respect of the MMA community. However, if he will get a title shot or not is something that everyone will get to know soon.

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The UFC 268 match between Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje will play a huge role in deciding this.

What did you make of Islam Makhachev’s performance? Should he get a title shot next? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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