VIDEO: Khabib Nurmagomedov Takes Hasbulla Magomedov to Dan Hooker After Islam Makhachev Victory at UFC 267

Published 10/31/2021, 3:43 AM EDT


Dan Hooker recently took on Islam Makhachev at UFC 267. The highly anticipated fight, which Hooker took on short notice, ended in the first round. Makhachev won the fight in under three minutes via a technical submission. The Russian fighter had his long-time training partner, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and social media personality, Hasbulla Magomedov, in his corner.

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After the dominant victory, Makhachev and his team celebrated with Hasbulla inside the octagon. Nurmagomedov even had him up on his shoulders. After the fight, and during the celebrations, ‘The Eagle‘ and Hasbulla went to ‘The Hangman’ to pay their respects to him.

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The internet sensation was at UFC 267 to support Islam Makhachev. During the buildup to the fight, ‘The Hangman’ made a comment on Hasbulla. Hooker even received a response from Hasbulla.

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Makhachev is now on a nine-fight win streak. He demanded a title or a contender fight next.

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The Russian fighter continued his undefeated run with a dominant victory over Dan Hooker. Makhachev took him down at the first opportunity and finished the fight in no time. After sprawling and fighting for position for some time, he caught Hooker’s arm and locked in a kimura lock to get the tap.

Since the announcement of the fight, Nurmagomedov along with many others have been demanding a title shot for Makhachev. Many believe that he has done enough to earn a title fight. And after a performance like that, it is hard to argue with the demands.

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However, the lightweight division right now has a lot of contenders. UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier will fight for the belt at UFC 269. Then there’s Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler, who will fight at UFC 268, and the winner will want a shot at the belt as well. Also, there is Beneil Dariush who is on a seven-fight win streak.

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Hence, it will be tough for Makhachev to be the undisputed favorite to challenge for the belt next. However, with the run he has been on, he might definitely get a top 3 fighter.

What do you make of the gesture by Khabib and Hasbulla? Do you think Islam Makhachev is ready for a title shot? 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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