Makhachev Revisits & Explains Khabib’s UFC 229 Post-Fight Meltdown

UFC lightweight contender Islam Makhachev has looked back on the post-fight brawl between his teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor’s corner at UFC 229.

The 2018 pay-per-view certainly delivered on the bad blood between McGregor and …

Islam Makhachev, Khabib Nurmagomedov

UFC lightweight contender Islam Makhachev has looked back on the post-fight brawl between his teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor’s corner at UFC 229.

The 2018 pay-per-view certainly delivered on the bad blood between McGregor and Khabib. Unfortunately, it did so more than we could ever have imagined or desired. What started as one of the most anticipated headliners in MMA history, quickly deteriorated into its biggest blemish, an out-of-control brawl inside and outside the Octagon.

In front of a sold-out crowd in Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena, “The Eagle” defended his UFC Lightweight title for the first time. He did so by way of a fourth-round neck crank submission. However, McGregor’s pre-fight trash talk had gotten out of hand, with the Irishman constantly attacking the Dagestani’s family, religion, and country. With that in mind, the action unsurprisingly didn’t end once the fight was stopped.

Makhachev Says Khabib Was “Pushed To The Limit”

While Khabib jumped the cage to attack McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis, members of the champion’s team scampered around the cage to get involved, with some even entering it to get their hands on McGregor. Along with Zubaira Tukhugov and Asadulla Emirgaev, current top-five UFC lightweight Islam Makhachev was one of the individuals involved in the skirmish.

Now, speaking at the UFC 267 post-fight press conference, the 30-year-old has revisited the incident. Discussing what made Khabib react the way he did after defeating his bitter rival, Makhachev suggested McGregor crossed the line prior to the fight. With the constant verbal attack on close areas of his life, Makhachev believes the former UFC lightweight champion was simply overwhelmed with emotion.

“There is a limit to everything. If somebody crosses that line, you can’t control yourself anymore. In that moment, he was pushed to the limit, he was overwhelmed by emotions and suddenly saw the man talking all that crap, and… He just could not hold himself. Anybody, not just me or Khabib. The thing is, we are not faking stuff or trash talking. We do not play games. If we seem to not like somebody, we do not like him for real.” (h/t Sportskeeda)

Despite Dana White’s threats to suspend and remove those involved from the roster, Khabib’s promise to walk away from the UFC should that happen kept his teammates in the promotion. Now over three years later, both Makhachev and Tukhugov were successful at UFC 267 last month.

Do you agree with Islam Makhachev? Did Conor McGregor cross the line with his pre-fight trash talk?

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Ben Askren Believes He Would Have Outgrappled Khabib Nurmagomedov In His Prime

Ben AskrenBen Askren still believes he would have bested Khabib Nurmagomedov had they fought. Askren is now retired from mixed martial arts. However, when he signed with the UFC in 2018, the former Bellator and ONE welterweight champion came with plenty of hype. One of the reasons was “Funky” himself promoting a potential fight between him […]

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Ben Askren still believes he would have bested Khabib Nurmagomedov had they fought.

Askren is now retired from mixed martial arts. However, when he signed with the UFC in 2018, the former Bellator and ONE welterweight champion came with plenty of hype. One of the reasons was “Funky” himself promoting a potential fight between him and Nurmagomedov.

That never panned out as Askren would go 1-2 with the promotion before retiring due to hip issues. With that said, he still maintains that he would have likely outgrappled Nurmagomedov if they ever collided in his prime.

“We would grapple and I think I would be better than him.” Askren said in a recent interview (via Middle Easy). “I feel weird saying this because people go like ‘yeah, you’re full of sh*t.’”

“No one outgrappled [Khabib]. Nobody did. Maybe I’m wrong on this but if we look at the best possible candidates, I’m definitely one of them. Obviously, I have a small size advantage too.” 

Ben Askren: Nurmagomedov Never Fought A High-Level Wrestler

Other than size, Askren also feels Nurmagomedov never fought a high-level wrestler. At least one whose main game is focused on wrestling which would rule Justin Gaethje out.

“He never, unfortunately, fought any real high-level wrestlers,” Askren added. “I was actually disappointed with Justin Gaethje’s wrestling was. Justin Gaethje had some solid success [in college wrestling], but his wrestling was really bad in that fight. He was like seventh place, he was definitely All-American, he was lower though.

“I would like to see how he dealt with someone who I thought, ‘oh man, this guy’s a really high-level wrestler’… I would like to see him in that situation and see how he does.”

For now, we’ll never know as “The Eagle” is retired himself. But in a potential grappling match, Askren would look towards single legs if he ever faced Nurmagomedov.

“If someone said ‘hey Ben, Khabib wants to roll with you. Okay, I’m there tomorrow. Sounds like a blast, let’s go.’ I would probably try single legs and stuff. Honestly, I don’t have the slightest clue. I’d have to feel him out. But, single legs are my best takeaway.”

Do you think Ben Askren in his prime could defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov?

Khabib Nurmagomedov Breaks Down What Made Georges St-Pierre Great

Khabib NurmagomedovFormer Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov explained what made Georges St-Pierre such a special fighter and possibly the greatest of all time. Many people have dreampt of matching ‘The Eagle’ and ‘GSP’ against each other, and many believed it was going to be the fight to pull both fighters out of retirement. Nurmagomedov retired with a […]

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Former Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov explained what made Georges St-Pierre such a special fighter and possibly the greatest of all time.

Many people have dreampt of matching ‘The Eagle’ and ‘GSP’ against each other, and many believed it was going to be the fight to pull both fighters out of retirement. Nurmagomedov retired with a perfect 29-0 record, while St-Pierre ended his career with a 26-2 record. ‘GSP’ avenged both of his losses, and went on to become a two division champ.

Both fighters are known to be the greatest of their respective divisions and both are mentioned as possibly being the best fighter to ever step inside the octagon.

Khabib Nurmagomedov was talking with Daniel Cormier when he decided to praise ‘GSP’ as one of the first well rounded fighters ever

“”I think he was first fighter who become a well rounded fighter. He can strike, he can wrestle, he can take you down, he can hold you there, he can give crazy ground and pound. He can do a lot of submission. My opinion on that time, he was like first in UFC. You know he represents real mixed martial arts.

Nurmagomedov also said in the interview, that St-Pierre was his fathers favorite fighter. Nurmagomedov’s father played a crucial part in his career and everything he did inside the octagon was to make him and the rest of his family proud. Many speculate Nurmagomedov lost the desire to compete in the UFC after accomplishing everything he needed to and losing his father in the process. Nurmagomedov’s father passed away due to complications with COVID-19.

Nurmagomedov and St-Pierre are both polarizing figures inside the octagon that mostly every single fan admires. Nurmagomedov even said he leanred a lot from watching ‘GSP’s ground and pound game. St-Pierre’s ability to beat you anywhere was such an amazing skill he had and was what made him so dangerous in so many different aspects of the fight.

Who do you think would have won in a bout between ‘GSP’ and Khabib?

Justin Gaethje Warns Islam Makhachev That ‘F—king War Is Coming’

Justin Gaethje knows a fight with Islam Makhachev is coming in the future, and he has a message for the Dagestani.

Gaethje has had his eyes on Makhachev for a while, but things have really heated up between the two, after Daniel Cormier suggested t…

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Justin Gaethje knows a fight with Islam Makhachev is coming in the future, and he has a message for the Dagestani.

Gaethje has had his eyes on Makhachev for a while, but things have really heated up between the two, after Daniel Cormier suggested that Makhachev should jump the line for the next title shot, over the winner of Gaethje’s UFC 269 war with Michael Chandler. This has since developed into a back and forth with the Khabib protégé, as well as the former champ himself.

Gaethje is convinced at the point, that he has done enough to earn the title shot, lest the UFC does something that he would consider to be unethical. However, speaking with MMAFighting, he made it clear that he knows that there is a solid chance of him fighting Makhachev someday, sending a warning to the lightweight prospect.

“I’ll let him go first if he gets his spot. I’ll beat one of these guys (Poirier or Oliveira) and then I’ll let him go first. Fuck yeah, I’m looking forward to that. War’s coming. He wants to know one thing, fucking war is coming, so bring it,” Gaethje said.

By all accounts, it seems likely that the UFC will book Justin Gaethje against the winner of next month’s lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier, especially given how exciting his fight with Chandler was. Knocking at the door just behind him, though, is most likely Islam Makhachev, so it is nice to see that Gaethje is not intimidated by the mystique surrounding the highly touted prospect.

Watch the full interview with Justin Gaethje in the video below:

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McGregor Says Khamzat Chimaev Offered To Help With UFC 223 Bus Attack

Conor McGregor could have an ally in Khamzat Chimeav.

Conor McGregor has been making a lot of enemies lately with his social media rants and call-outs, but he now claims to have that he and Chimaev have been on the same team before. After Chimaev a…

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Conor McGregor could have an ally in Khamzat Chimeav.

Conor McGregor has been making a lot of enemies lately with his social media rants and call-outs, but he now claims to have that he and Chimaev have been on the same team before. After Chimaev appeared to challenge McGregor for a fight over the weekend, here is how McGregor responded in since-deleted tweets (h/t MMA journalist Amy Kaplan).

“Bratha, no problem. I appreciate you reaching out to the team in 2018 to come and help me beat up the little scared pigeon bitch,” he said on Twitter (now deleted). “Chechnya knows! Fuck those eagles MMA pussies, we are Akhmat MMA! Smash them up we will! Let’s go! The Mac and Akhmat! We take no shit! Never peace.”

“People do not know, I took that flight to defend my friend Artem’s honor, and also his Chechen friend Islam, who were both attacked by a group of eagle team,” McGregor continued. “The Chechen was the one who grabbed the railings in the bowels of the Barclay center. A legend! We will never forget!”

Chimaev was not in the UFC at the time of the attack. In fact, he did not make his professional MMA debut until the next month. Chimaev has had misunderstandings with Nurmagomedov in the past, but they seem to have straightened out any issues. Chimaev and Nurmagomedov were both under the same management until recently. This could be a way for McGregor to continue to stir the pot and get under the skin of Nurmagomedov like he always does.

In response, Chimaev just posted a bunch of laughing faces and money. He never came out and denied his possible involvement in the attack. He instead just moved on to targeting a possible fight with one of the Diaz brothers. Meanwhile, he has been linked to a fight against Gilbert Burns that is being targeted for January.

What do you think of Conor McGregor’s claim of Khamzat Chimaev’s involvement?

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Islam Makhachev Rebuts Alvarez’s Claim That Gaethje Deserves Title Shot

Islam Makhachev has fiercely defended his perceived right to the next lightweight title shot, dismissing Eddie Alvarez’s claim that Justin Gaethje is more deserving.

With Charles Oliveira set to defend his belt against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 on …

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Islam Makhachev has fiercely defended his perceived right to the next lightweight title shot, dismissing Eddie Alvarez’s claim that Justin Gaethje is more deserving.

With Charles Oliveira set to defend his belt against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 on December 11, the question of who will face the winner has been hotly debated in recent weeks.

If you asked Makhachev, it is without a shadow of a doubt he who is most deserving. And the #4 ranked lightweight has a legitimate claim. Makhachev is currently riding a 9-fight win streak, having recently earned a first-round submission of Dan Hooker at UFC 267.

Islam Makhachev Dan Hooker
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No more of a cheerleader for Islam’s title shot ambitions can be found than Khabib Nurmagomedov. The former lightweight champ, now coach of Makhachev, recently took to social media to declare that his pupil is far more deserving of a title shot than Gaethje, noting that the American has been finished in three of his last eight fights.

Gaethje, of course, vehemently denied his former Octagon dance partner’s assertion and advanced the argument that his recent losses came to fighters of a caliber far beyond that which Makhachev has faced. With this argument, many fans and pundits, agree, noting that Makhachev is yet to face top-five opposition.

Among those siding with Gaethje has been former lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez, who recently took to Twitter to defend the American’s record, and assert that even with three recent finishes against his name, he’s still more deserving of being next in line for a shot at the belt.

Islam Makhachev Fires Back At Alvarez, Defends Right To Title Shot

Now, Makhachev has clapped back at Alvarez, absolving himself of blame for his less than star-studded list of recent opponents, claiming that those in the 155-pound division’s top ten have been avoiding him.

“It’s not my fault that I did not fight with ranked opponent, everybody declines to fight with me.  And still, I’m #4 now. Name a single fighter from top 10 who wants to fight me now. UFC had to overpay Hooker to take this fight, It’s slowly turning into boxing,” tweeted Makhachev.

Who do you think deserves the next lightweight title shot—Islam Makhachev or Justin Gaethje?

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