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

LAS VEGAS – Islam Makhachev wishes to settle incomplete organization.

The increasing UFC light-weight competitor is intending to battle his colleague and coach Khabib Nurmagomedov’s long-time bane, Tony Ferguson. Makhachev (20-1 Mixed Martial Arts, 9-1 UFC) took objective at the previous UFC interim light-weight champ following his most current win at Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 26. Makhachev beat Thiago Moises by means of submission in the 4th round of their centerpiece clash.

The 29-year-old is on an eight-fight winning streak and wishes to get a fracture at the larger names of the 155-pound department. Although thinking about Michael Chandler and Rafael Dos Anjos, Makhachev chooses 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 informed press reporters at the UFC on ESPN 26 post-fight interview. “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 thought about among the very best fighters at 155 pounds and lots of thought he was the one efficient in handing Nurmagomedov’s very first expert defeat. Both fighters were arranged to eliminate 5 times, however due to injuries and other situations, the 2 never ever satisfied in the cage.

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


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The Dagestani fighter is typically described as Nurmagomedov’s successor to the light-weight title. Makhachev doesn’t mind contrasts, and in truth, delights in being viewed as the next Nurmagomedov.

“If somebody says I’m almost the same as Khabib, I agree with this,” Makhachev stated. “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.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.