Islam Makhachev took on Thiago Moises in a much anticipated lightweight bout in the main event of UFC vegas 31. Moises is a skilled grappler with a lot of experience inside the octagon.
Even though Makhachev was a clear favorite going into the fight there was a possibility that Moises would put Makhachev in trouble if the fight goes to the ground.
And Moises did have some moments in the fight. He went for a heel hook and even went for triangle choke on the ground. He also got a takedown against Islam Makhachev which is not a usual scene in Makhachev’s fights.
Unfortunately, those were not enough as Islam Makhachev comfortably won his first main event fight. Makhachev was the better striker and he looked comfortable in the clinch exchanges as well. And when the fight went to the ground it was a dominating performance from Makhachev.
Khabib Nurmagomedov deserves a lot of credit for the success of Islam Makhachev
With this win, Makhachev has extended his win streak to 8 and has established himself as a strong contender. And a lot of the credits must go to the former UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Following his retirement from MMA, Khabib Nurmagomedov has taken the responsibility of coaching some of the potential stars in UFC such as Islam Makhachev, Zubaira Tukhugov, and many more of his teammates. And it’s needless to say that he had done a phenomenal job in his new role.
Makhachev’s striking has only looked better in his last couple of fights and he has put flawless performance against ranked opponents. And it’s needless to say that Khabib was delightful after Makhachev added one more win to his resume with his submission win at UFC vegas 31. here are the footages of Khabib being overjoyed with the win by Makhachev.
Another win for Coach Khabib! 🙌
— UFC (@ufc) July 18, 2021
Islam Makhachev has issued called out for Rafael Dos Anjos and Michael Chandler following his win over Thiago Moises. And it’s very likely that UFC will book RDA vs Makhachev once again after this fight.
Many fans believe that Makhachev deserves a title shot for his 8 fight win streak in the lightweight division. But it’s likely that he will have to beat 2 more top-ranked opponents before getting a title shot in the starstudded lightweight division.