‘Not because he’s my brother’ – Khabib Nurmagomedov explains why Islam Makhachev deserves a title shot soon


Khabib Nurmagomedov believes Islam Makhachev will unquestionably become a legitimate title contender in the lightweight division with a win against Thiago Moises at UFC Vegas 31. According to ‘The Eagle’, Makhachev will prove that he really deserves to be among the top three in the lightweight division. .

Khabib said Makhachev will prove to the world that he should fight for the title not just because he is a close friend of Nurmagomedov, but because he is one of the most dangerous 155 players in the UFC. In a recent conversation with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Nurmagomedov said the following about Makhachev:

“This Saturday, he must reform himself and show the world who Islam Makhachev is. Not just like Khabib’s partner or Khabib’s brother, no. He should be his own like Islam Makhachev. Eight of the best lightweights in the world Winning streak. He beat everyone and this guy has to fight for the title. Not because he’s my brother, friend, or anything like that. And this Saturday, he’s going to show it inshallah.”

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Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals next phase of ‘father’s plan’

Khabib Nurmagomedov has already completed one phase of ‘Father’s Plan’, but the second phase is yet to come. To achieve this, Nurmagomedov needs his friend and teammate Islam Makhachev to set up a clinic in the main event of UFC Vegas 31.

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father Abdulmanap had a vision. He wanted Nurmagomedov to win the UFC lightweight title, defend it, and retire undefeated. After Nurmagomedov’s retirement, Abdulmanap wanted his student Islam Makhachev to become the next champion.

Khabib Nurmagomedov elaborated on the same in the above interview with Brett Okamoto.

“They told me ‘when you are about to finish, Islam has to come. Like when you finish and Islam comes, it must happen at the same time. Because you guys are three years apart and I really believe’ That your primetime is going too soon. After that, when you’re finished, you’re going to leave, he has to come.’ I told you Islam for a while (laughs)”, Khabib Nurmagomedov said.

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