“Wrestlers are shocked after training with him” – Islam Makhachev shares which teammate is the best grappler in MMA

Islam Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov have been training for several years

Islam Makhachev one of the best in MMA grappling and wrestling but he brought up how good Khabib actually is

The Russian stars in the UFC are known for their wrestling and grappling, something that has been seen time and again.

Khabib Nurmagomedov remains one of the best ever but many have brought up Islam Makhachev being great too.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is a massive football fan. (Sportimage)
Khabib Nurmagomedov is a massive football fan. (Sportimage)

Javier Mendez, the coach of Khabib and Islam brought up how the former UFC champion was defeated by his friend in training.

Not many have done that to Khabib and a question was posed to Makhachev over who was the best grappler ever.

Darren till had suggested that Makhachev was the best grappler he had ever seen.

Makhachev wasn’t initially sure of who to name but then brought up Khabib and how other fighters were shocked to see him wrestle:

“I’m not sure. I haven’t worked with a lot of guys, I’ve grappled with some people and honestly, I’ve never met anyone with the same control as Khabib.

“Everyone says his control is next level but all wrestlers are shocked after training with him.”

There were also reports of Islam wrestling with another top star in Kamaru Usman. The UFC Welterweight champion is also one of the best when it comes to grappling. However, Makhachev claimed that the pair were to train but Usman left after receiving a call.

Islam Makhachev looking to impress in his next outing

Makhachev certainly is someone to keep an eye on and it will be interesting to see who he fights next.

The Russian has called out Rafael dos Anjos and Michael Chandler but one of those fights won’t happen.

Michael Chandler beat Dan Hooker on his UFC debut
(R-L) Michael Chandler punches Dan Hooker of New Zealand in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Chandler is to fight Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 and this is going to be for the Lightweight title. Khabib’s retirement saw him vacate the belt and this should be a cracking contest.

Makhachev isn’t too pleased with Chandler getting a shot but Khabib believes his friend will headline a UFC event in June or July.

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Written by Saiyed Adeem Karim

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn't easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. Liverpool addict, F1 fanatic!

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