Islam Makhachev wants huge Lightweight match but doesn’t see a leader to replace Khabib Nurmagomedov

Islam Makhachev trains alongside Khabib Nurmagomedov
Islam Makhachev of Russia compete against Davi Ramos of Brazil in their Lightweight Bout during the UFC 242 event at The Arena on September 07, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Islam Makhachev wants to see lightweight title fight but does not see a replacement for Khabib Nurmagomedov

There is always a positive vibe between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev. The Russian pair used to train together and are great friends outside the octagon.

Makachev is primed to take on Drew Dober at UFC 259 and Khabib is expected to be in his corner. The 29-year-old lightweight fighter is currently ranked #14 in the division.

A 18-1, he is on a 6-fight winning streak in the promotion. And he was speaking to RT Sport MMA on YouTube before his fight.

Makhachev was asked what he makes of the UFC lightweight division at the moment and who is the best out of the lot.

The Russian mentioned that there needs to be a fight between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier to decide who the best in the division is, as he doesn’t see an undisputed leader right now.

“The ideal fight to make now is Oliveira and Poirier. It’s hard for me to call anyone an undisputed leader of this division now. Each of them has both defeats and victories.”

Islam Makhachev celebrates his first-round knockout against Gleison Tibau.
Islam Makhachev celebrates his first-round knockout against Gleison Tibau. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Islam Makhachev does not see a replacement for Khabib Nurmagomedov at lightweight

Nurmagomedov left UFC last year after going 29-0 in the sport. The 32-year-old has overcome everyone in his way, and has looked dominant while doing it.

But if he does make his retirement official, which looks likely to happen, then the division must prepare for life after Khabib.

Dustin Poirier won a massive fight against Conor McGregor at UFC 257. Nevertheless, he seems more interested in chasing the bag instead of UFC gold.

Islam Makhachev does not see a fitting replacement for Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC lightweight division.
Islam Makhachev does not see a fitting replacement for Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC lightweight division.

Oliveira was primed to have a title fight against ‘The Diamond’ but seems to have made his peace with it now. And it’s understandable that Makhachev said what he did.

A title fight seems to be the only way right now to have an objective answer as to who runs the 155-pound weight class.

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