Makhachev calls out Ferguson to prove ‘Tony is not on Khabib’s level’

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Who won Islam vs Moises?

Main Event: Islam Makhachev vs Thiago Moises In his first UFC main event, lightweight contender Islam Makhachev extended his current win streak to eight with a fourth-round submission victory over Thiago Moises at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The Official Website of the Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipUFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Moises Results, Winner Interviews, Fight Highlights and More

Is Islam khabib brother?

Khabib Nurmagomedov will be a big part of Saturday's UFC main event when he corners his longtime training partner Islam Makhachev against Thiago Moises. ... But this guy's late, but this Saturday he has to prove himself and show the world who is Islam Makhachev, not only Khabib's sparring partner or Khabib's brother. MMA FightingKhabib Nurmagomedov: Islam Makhachev right now can ‘finish Dustin Poirier’ and ‘maul Charles Oliveira’

What channel is UFC Fight Night on?

The event will be broadcasted on ESPN with the main card beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET, and the prelims at 7:00 p.m. UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Moises will be available for live stream on ESPN+. If you want to watch, you'll need to purchase a subscription. DraftKings NationUFC live stream: How to watch UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Moises via live online stream

Islam Makhachev has put himself in charge of finishing any in-cage business fighters think they still have with his friend and coach Khabib Nurmagomedov.

While Islam still hasn’t fully lived up to the Khabib hype (and let’s be honest, who could), he made one sided work of Thiago Moises in the main event of the UFC APEX card before finishing things with a rear naked choke in the fourth round (watch the highlights here).

After, an elated Makhachev called out a long list of potential opponents: Rafael dos Anjos, Michael Chandler, even Conor McGregor.

Team Makhachev taking post-fight victory photos in the back. Makhachev's manager tells me this fight -- Islam vs. Conor -- is now his "dream fight." Says it would finish all of the leftover business between the two teams. https://t.co/SeO7VJ6dLe

"Chandler, if you hear me, let's go, let's do this. You come from Bellator, I want to check your skills."@MAKHACHEVMMA calls out @MikeChandlerMMA, who's watching from the #UFCVegas31 post-show set pic.twitter.com/pAhZ7UOyTI

But when asked at the UFC Vegas 31 post-fight press conference, Islam shared his real number one pick for next fight: Tony Ferguson.

“If they gonna give me a choice, let’s do it with Tony,” Makhachev said. “Because we have good history with him. Khabib was supposed to fight with him five, six times? Let’s finish this, you know? I’m going to finish this. And I’m going to show people around the world Tony not Khabib level. People don’t understand how Khabib had pressure. I cannot explain to you guys but you know everything.”

“Let’s do end of this year. One more fight, I’m going to finish one more fight, and on the end I’m going to be Fighter of the Year.”

That’ll be a tough order considering the year Kamaru Usman is having, but a man can dream, right? Islam Makhachev is now 2-0 in 2021 with two submission finishes. Both were dominant wins, but again ... when your management team and coaches are holding you up to a measuring stick like Khabib, it just makes people see all the non-Khabib elements.

Makhachev may not get any of his picks, which is too bad because an RDA fight would be an absolute scrap. Instead, UFC president Dana White relayed to Yahoo Sports reporter Kevin Iole that #3 ranked lightweight Beneil Dariush was a frontrunner as next opponent.

“Dariush, Beniel really good fighter,” Makhachev said. “If they give me Beneil, he’s going to be a good fight. He’s a nice guy, I know him a little bit. He’s number three, a big step for me too. He’s tough more than these other guys I call.”

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Islam Makhachev wants to fight Tony Ferguson, prove he is not on Khabib Nurmagomedov's level

MMA Junkie 18 July, 2021 - 11:10am

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LAS VEGAS – Islam Makhachev wants to settle unfinished business.

The rising UFC lightweight contender is hoping to fight his teammate and mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov’s long-time nemesis, Tony Ferguson.  Makhachev (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) took aim at the former UFC interim lightweight champion following his latest win at Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 26. Makhachev defeated Thiago Moises via submission in the fourth round of their main event clash.

The 29-year-old is on an eight-fight winning streak and wants to get a crack at the bigger names of the 155-pound division. Although interested in Michael Chandler and Rafael Dos Anjos, Makhachev prefers to get his hands on Ferguson.

“If they were to give me a choice, let’s do it with Tony because we have good history with him,” Makhachev told reporters at the UFC on ESPN 26 post-fight press conference. “Khabib was supposed to fight with him like five, six times. Let’s finish this, you know. I’m going to finish this. I’m going to show Tony not Khabib level. People don’t understand how Khabib pressures. I can’t explain to you guys, but I think you know everything.”

Ferguson was long time considered one of the best fighters at 155 pounds and many believed he was the one capable of handing Nurmagomedov’s first professional defeat. Both fighters were scheduled to fight five times, but due to injuries and other circumstances, the two never met in the cage.

Nurmagomedov retired last October following his title defense win over Justin Gaethje. Ferguson is still active, but now finds himself in a three-fight losing streak.

The Dagestani fighter is often referred to as Nurmagomedov’s heir to the lightweight title. Makhachev doesn’t mind comparisons, and in fact, enjoys being seen as the next Nurmagomedov.

“If somebody says I’m almost the same as Khabib, I agree with this,” Makhachev said. “I want to be like Khabib, you know. He’s a great man, he’s champion, he has a lot of money and he has everything, but he’s still a humble guy.

“He’s coming to U.S. without his family. He stays here one, two months to help us. He doesn’t take money, nothing. He just comes and does the whole thing. We came to U.S. and he rent big house for team and a lot of cars for team and nobody pay. He pay for everything. I cannot explain Khabib. He does a lot of stuff, but not everyone knows this.”

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