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Islam Makhachev wishes to assist Tony Ferguson retire
After Islam Makhachev’s dominant efficiency that ended in a third-round submission success over Drew Dober at UFC 259 through arm-triangle choke, the Dagestani light-weight considered what might be next. Makhachev is the training partner and protege of UFC light-weight champ and all-time terrific Khabib Nurmagomedov. In a best world, Makhachev wishes to deal with an evasive competitor of his buddy. “My dream fight is Tony [Ferguson] because we have some deal with him, like a couple years now,” he stated at the UFC 259 post-fight interview. Makhachev’s recommendation to his camp’s transactions with “El Cucuy” indicate the 5 formerly arranged bouts in between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov, which all broke down in very regrettable style. “I don’t understand this guy, but I want to just help him retire,” Makhachev stated. “He is old. His mind is a little bit crazy. That’s why I just want to help him.” Aside from the comical jabs, Makhachev likewise differs with those who declared the dream match-up in between Ferguson and Khabib would be a difficult defend the latter. With a chance to eliminate Ferguson, Makhachev thinks he can peaceful those who thought he had a genuine opportunity at beating Nurmagomedov. “I just want to show people how Khabib would take him down, make him tired, make him tap,” Makhachev stated. “Everybody talks like Tony is a hard fight for Khabib, but I never think like that because Khabib’s wrestling and grappling is a different level.” TRENDING > ESPN launches video of Petr Yan’s corner after questionable unlawful knee Islam Makhachev does not discount rate Tony Ferguson’s abilities In spite of Makhachev’s belief that Khabib would conveniently beat Ferguson, he provided credit where it is due. “Tony is a very good fighter because he finished a lot of guys,” Makhachev stated. “That’s why I just want to check my skills, and I know I can finish him.” Rather honestly, Makhachev is well-deserving of a battle with a high-ranking light-weight competitor. The reality that Ferguson is ranked No. 5 in the department along with the history in between Ferguson and Makhachev’s camp supplies the possible light-weight clash with a luring story for a battle that currently makes a great deal of sense. “Honestly, I just want to fight with somebody from the top-five, but I know all the guys are busy,” Makhachev stated. “Some guys have fights like this, but I know Tony is now free. That’s why I asked him. Let’s make this happen.” UFC 256 wrap-up: Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira (Sign Up For MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.