Michael Chandler responds to Islam Makhachev’s ‘slick little callout’ after the latter’s major win over Thiago Moises in the main event of UFC Vegas 31 last night.
Chandler, who was on broadcast duties for last night’s UFC on the ESPN 26 show, credited Makhachev for his “phenomenal” performance, but was reluctant to accept Dagestani’s challenge.
“Call out a little over there,” Chandler said at the UFC Vegas 31 post fight show.h/t mma fighting) “He did what he said he was going to do tonight and did what he needed to do tonight, which went out there and put a big stamp on his performance. Now he’s doing the same thing.” That’s what he needs to do. He’s sitting at number 9, he wants to name as many names as possible. Sleek little call out.
“Man impressed tonight. I have to take off my fighting hat, be the analyst tonight, he did a phenomenal job against a very tough guy. Kid has a bright future, we’ll see what happens.”
Chandler believes that Makhachev presents an interesting stylistic matchup, but believes his NCAA Division I wrestling is better than Russian unconventional sambo.
“I’m a homer when it comes to wrestling,” Chandler said. I think wrestling beats everything. I think wrestling beats judo, [Brazilian jiu-jitsu], I think it beats sambo but it’s just me being a homer. But what Islam Makhachev does is that he puts you in these positions and he puts you in a position where you really can’t move. Thiago Moises has great chain grappling. We’ve seen him go up, down, flip, roll, sweep everywhere. He was not able to do many of those things. The thing that Islam does best is that it neutralizes people. When you neutralize a guy, it’s not just physical. It is mental. It is emotional. This is cardio. He sucks the life out of people.
“Can he keep the momentum going for that long? He showed tonight that he can finish later in the round. I think wrestling beats sambo. I think wrestling beats every other ground martial art.” overcomes. Maybe someday we’ll see.”
Whether or not the two meet in the cage, ‘Iron’ Mike thinks Makhachev has a bright future ahead of him in the UFC.
“Khabib said he thinks he is the future of Partition. So only time will tell. Either way, the man has a bright future.”
Makhachev presented Moises in the fourth round to extend his winning streak to eight consecutive bouts and cemented his position among the lightweight elite. The 29-year-old is currently #9 in the official UFC 155-pound ranking.