Fighter Profile: Rafael dos Anjos

Rafael dos Anjos put on one of the best fights on the UFC 272 card  when he faced off against Renato Moicano in a fight that went the distance, but  dos Anjos really put on a clinic on why he is one of the best fighters in the UFC Lightweight division. His performance at UFC 272 was in our opinion better than what was on display in the main event. And if you look at all of RDA’s losses they were to fighters on top of their games and we think he could possibly go on another run to the top of the Lightweight division.

Rafael dos Anjos was born October 26, 1984 in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He often would get into brawls as a child. This would lead RDA to get in trouble. Dos anjos would eventually go onto train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu starting at the age of nine. Once he started training in this highly disciplined martial art his brawling in the street would cease and he’d pursue training and would eventually become a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Aldo “Caveirinha” Januário and Philipe “Furão” della Monica he’d also learn the art of eight limbs where he earned Black prajied in Muay Thai under Rafael Cordeiro.

 dos anjos would make his professional MMA debut against Adriano Abu in September of 2004 he’d lose the contest to Abu in a Split Decision. He’d then fight João Paulo Almeida he’d win this bout by Unanimous Decision. He’d then get his first finish when he faced off against Felipe Arinelli winning the bout by TKO (doctor stoppage.) Jorge Britto would be next for RDA but unfortunately for dos anjos he’d lose the fight on the judges score cards by Split Decision. He’d win his next nine fights before ending up in the UFC.

dos Anjos would make his UFC debut against  Jeremy Stephens in November of 2008. He would lose his UFC debut by KO (punches.) He’d then face Tyson Griffin and would lose the fight via Unanimous Decision. Dos Anjos would then fight Rob Emerson, RDA knew the stakes and he would get a much needed win, his first for the promotion. He’d win his next two fights against Kyle Bradley and Terry Etim before a loss to MMA veteran Clay Guida. He’d then get back in the win column with a victory over George Sotiropoulos before dropping another fight to Gleison Tibau

RDA would soon see his favor turn as he’d go on a nice five fight win streak that would include a three round war with Donald Cerrone. The streak would get snapped by and undefeated Khabib Nurmogamedov. RDA would win his next three before fighting Anthony Showtime pettis where he would win the UFC Lightweight Championship He’d defend his title once successfully against Cowboy Cerrone, but RDA would lose the belt in his next outing against Eddie Alvarez.

Since losing the Lightweight title he has gone 6-5 and will be returning to the UFC Octagon on Saturday when he will face off against  Rafael Fiziev he’ll look to add another win to his record.

What’s Next For Bryce Mitchell

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Although he has many controversial opinions Bryce Mitchell proved that he is one of the best fighters in the Featherweight division. Mitchell stepped in the cage and put on a great performance against Edson Barboza. He smothered Barboza much like Khabib did when he faced Barboza in 2017. Mitchells ground work is top level and it would be interesting to see him take on someone who’s just as good as him on the ground or a pure striker. There are some really good matchups that could be made in the Featherweight division.

The first fight I think that would make sense for the Arkansas based Jiu Jitsu Black Belt would be a matchup between him and Giga Chikadze. Chikadze is a great striker who I think would be a no-brainer matchup for the UFC to make. It’s a classic striker vs. grappler matchup which they love to make. Chikadze is coming off a loss to Calvin Kattar in January where Chikadze took a lot of abuse and was Medically Suspended indefinitely so who knows when Chikadze will be able to fight again, but this is definitely a matchup I’d like to see for Mitchell.

Another matchup I think that would make sense for Mitchell would be between him and the Boston Finisher Calvin Kattar. Kattar is one tough fighter who has a Knockout power and would be a good binary between Mitchells grappling. Kattar is coming off a win to Giga Chikadze and in the outing before that one he lost to Featherweight great Max Holloway. Kattar has an amazing resume with 28 professional bouts to his name starting his career 15 years ago in 2007. Since then he’s only had an impressive five losses.

The final matchup I think would make sense for Mitchell would be the winner of Dan Ige and Movsar Evloev. Ige is very proficient on the ground with a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Jeff Doner, he also wrestled in college and also has a Brown Belt in Judo. This matchup would be good for Mitchell as it might prepare him for someone as high caliber as Brian Ortega at some point down the line.   Evloev is a Russian who is Master of Sports in Greco-Roman wrestling and is Undefeated. I think this would be a good matchup for Mitchell.

We’re not the UFC matchmakers but there are some great fights that they could definitely put together for Mitchell who is on his way to proving he’s one of the best Featherweight MMA fighters in the world.

FIGHTER PROFILE: JUSTIN GAETHJE

Justin Gaethje, Daniel Cormier trade barbs over Islam Makhachev

Justin Gaethje will make his return to the UFC Octagon on Saturday against Michael Chandler. It will be Gaethje’s first fight in over a year. Gaethje  will be cornered by Trevor Whitman and will be the first of three of Whitman’s top level fighters fighting that evening. It will be good to see the Former interim Lightweight Champion fight against top level contenders like Chandler, and Gaethje hopes to out wrestle Chandler and put his last fight, a loss to UFC Lightweight Great Khabib Nurmagomedov behind him.


Gaethje was born in Safford Arizona on November 14, 1988 to Carolina and John Ray Gaethje. Gaethje is of German and Mexican descent. Gaethje is one of four children and happens to have a twin brother. Fighting is in Gaethje’s blood; his Grandfather on his father’s side boxed while enlisted in The U.S. Army.


Gaethje started wrestling at the age of four he’d wrestle all through High School and College. In High School Gaethje excelled at wrestling becoming a four-time finalist and two-time state champion. He’d go on to wrestle in college at University of Northern Colorado. He’d go on to do very well in his collegiate career which led him to get inducted into the University of Northern Colorado Athletics Hall of Fame.

Gaethje would start MMA while in college he said of his first experiences with MMA in an interview  with SB Nation’s Bloody elbow “I started wrestling at 4 years old. It was never a dream of mine but I knew I always wanted to compete in something. When I was wrestling in college I took 7 amateur fights without ever being in a street fight, without sparring, without even training MMA. I won those and then decided to find a gym and turn pro” 

Gaethje Would turn pro on  August 20, 2011 when he would fight Kevin Croomat at ROF 41: Bragging Rights. Gaethje would win by KO in the first round. After a few more fights with that promotion he then moved on to the Rage in the Cage promotion. He’d win his three fights with the promotion winning once by submission, once by KO, and once by TKO.  

Gaethje would then move on to the World Series of Fighting promotion. He’d win his first three fights which led him to the inaugural World series of Fighting Lightweight Championship. He’d win the title against Richard Patishnock by TKO (punches and elbows.) He’d defend that title five times which would lead Gaethje to be one of the biggest free agent signings to the UFC ever.

Gaethje Would make his UFC debut against Michael Johnson on July 7, 2017. He’d win by TKO (punches and knees.)  This would lead Gaethje to fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218. Alvarez would win by KO (Knee.) This would lead Gaethje to the biggest challenge of his career thus far and that was future interim Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier. He’d lose by TKO but Gaethje was down but not out he’d go on to win his next four fights including an Interim Title fight against Tony Ferguson. He’d go on to try to unify that title against undisputed Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He unfortunately wast able to beat the Lightweight G.O.A.T.

Gaethje will make his return to the UFC octagon on November sixth. He will be facing Michael Chandler, and hopefully with a win will cement a title shot with the winner of Oliviera vs Poirier at UFC 269.

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What’s Next For Islam Makhachev?

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One of the UFC’s new rising stars is Islam Makhachev. Makhachev has an impressive ground game that was on full display at UFC 267 against Dan Hooker. Makhachev who is rightfully compared to the UFC’s greatest Lightweight of all time Khabib Nurmagomedov put on a clinic with a first round Kimura finish at UFC 267 to earn his ninth consecutive win, a streak he’s been on since 2016. With his win against Hooker it made one think what’s next for Islam Makhachev? Is a title shot in the cards for the Dagestani International Master of Sport in Combat Sambo?

Islam Makhachev got his start in the UFC in 2015 when he faced Leo Kuntz and won by Submission (rear-naked choke.) Since then Makhachev has only had one loss, the only career loss he had was his next fight against Adriano Martins. Since then has been on a war path to the top of the Lightweight Division.


When Makhachev beat Dan Hooker  he was asked by Daniel Cormier if he thought he was next in line for the title. He responded “Now it’s time, before, it was like top 11 or top 15 but this guy is No. 6. Now I have to talk. Nine-fight win streak, I am ready for title fight. Please, anyone, it doesn’t matter because this division now is a little bit sleep. I am working hard and have worked this division.” But who knows what the matchmakers will do? I think Makhachev will have a few options.

The first option would be be a fight with the loser of Gaethje vs. Chandler at UFC 268. Chandler would be an interesting matchup as it would be interesting to see Chandler’s wrestling work against Makhachev’s skills both on the ground and striking. Gaethje would also be an interesting matchup as Gaethje is also a wrestler.

The other option would be the loser of Dustin Poirier vs Charles Oliveira. We’ve seen a similar fight between Poirier and Nurmagomedov,  but Nurmagomedov and Makhachev are completely different fighters and it would be a matchup that fight fans would love to see. Olivera would be an interesting fight for Makhachev as Oliveira is a submission specialist. It’d be interesting to see Makhachev’s Sambo skill versus Olivera’s Jiu Jitsu.

No matter what the UFC matchmakers decide to do, UFC fans have a plethora of different fights that Makhachev could fight next. Hell, who knows? He might even get a title shot although that seems unlikely.

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5 Odd Fighter Omissions From The JRE MMA Show

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Joe Rogan is the most popular podcast host in the world. His podcast the Joe Rogan Experience was recently bought by Spotify for 100 million. One of the best things about the JRE podcast is the JRE MMA show where Rogan sits with MMA’s biggest stars and talks to them for multiple hours covering an array of fascinating topics from Francis Ngannou talking about life as a child laborer in Africa to Stipe Miocic talking about being a firefighter in his time away from the sport. Last week Rogan sat down with the most dominant Women’s Flyweight champion ever, Valentina Schevchenko. And it makes one think of who are the odd omissions to the JRE MMA show.

5. Daniel Cormier

After his retirement from fighting in 2020 Cormier has filled his days as a UFC broadcaster for ESPN commentating for PPV, Fight Night cards, and on Tuesday Night’s Dana White’s Contender series. When not in the broadcast booth Cormier has his own podcast, but interestingly enough Cormier and Rogan who share the UFC broadcast booth haven’t sat down and done a podcast together. 

4. Amanda Nunes

Rogan has sat down with many notable women’s MMA fighters including Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, and Schevchenko. But Rogan has not sat down for a podcast with arguably the greatest female MMA fighter of all time Amanda Nunes. Nunes who became the first simultaneous female two division Champion has defended both her belts multiple times and it seems like no one can stop her. Rogan has shown nothing but praise for Amanda Nunes. 

3. Tony Furgeson

One of the most impressive win streaks in MMA history was Tony Furgeson’s 12 fight win streak. Furgeson climbed to the top of the lightweight division during this historic stretch. Ferguson has been cornered by Rogan’s friend Eddie Bravo. They both also have Black Belts Under Bravo. So it seems strange that the two wouldn’t have sat down and done a podcast by now.   Furgeson unfortunately has been on a three fight skid and has taken time off from fighting. Furgeson is currently trading verbal barbs with Conor McGregor on Twitter. It’d be interesting to hear Furgeson and Rogan talk about the fight game

2. The Diaz Brothers

Nate and Nick Diaz both returned to the UFC Octagon in 2021. Unfortunately they both didn’t win, but they both showed why they are fan favorites. Rogan has talked about how enjoys both of the Diaz brothers and their authenticity. Rogan has talked about how ridiculous Nick’s suspension was, and how it was harsh considering that his opponent Anderson Silva tested positive for steroids and got less of a suspension.  Rogan who has been an open champion for marijuana and the drugs positive uses and they’d definitely have an interesting dialogue.

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov has been retired from fighting MMA for about a year now. Nurmagomedov who showed complete dominance in The UFC Octagon with an undefeated record has taken up coaching and has been very successful as a coach. It is no doubt that Rogan and Nurmagomedov would have a fascinating dialogue about fighting and coaching a sport that they both love. Nurmagomedov, whose native tongue is Russian, has said in the past that he would do the podcast if his English got better eventually. It’d be interesting if Rogan got his friend Lex Fridman a native Russian speaker who is also a Brazillian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, who could translate anything that  Nurmagomedov could not express properly. It’d be a fascinating podcast episode.

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5 Fights Conor McGregor Should Consider Before Retirement

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 17:  (R-L) Conor McGregor kicks Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight bout at TD Garden on August 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Conor McGregor is the biggest star in MMA and is subsequently one of the most polarizing stars in the sport. The former two division champ has fought a who’s who in both the Featherweight division and in the Lightweight division. Although it seems like his better days are behind him there are some great fights that could be made for the former Champ-Champ. 

Conor McGregor Vs Islam Makhachev

It’s no mystery to anyone that when Khabib Nurmagomedov said he was retiring that he definitely meant it.  Nurmagomedov has taken up coaching to fill his time in retirement. One of his best fighters that he is coaching is Islam Makhachev. Makhachev has a dominant ground game, reminiscent of Nurmagomedov. It would be an interesting match up with Makhachev trying to take McGregor down and McGregor trying to keep the fight standing where he can use his fists to try to secure a knockout. This seems like a great fight and the UFC would find masterful ways to sell this fight because Makhachev’s camp and McGregor’s camp definitely don’t like each other.

Conor McGregor vs Tony Ferguson

One of the biggest stars in the promotion who’s also been on a losing skid as of late is Tony Ferguson. Furgeson has been calling out the Irish fighter since McGregor was down at 145 pounds. Since then McGregor has moved up to 155 pounds and has won the belt in the 155 pound division, boxed Floyd Maywether, and fought Khabib to try to win the belt again and lost. Conor. Ferguson has also had the belt in the lightweight division but it was only an Interim belt. It’d be great to see these two fan favorites go at it, and Tony Ferguson getting his very own ‘red panty night.’ 

Conor McGregor Vs. Max Holloway II

In 2013 these two fighters met in the UFC Octagon and Conor put on an impressive performance against Holloway to get the win via decision. Since then Holloway and McGregor have both become UFC Champions with Holloway defending the Featherweight belt on multiple occasions only losing the belt to current champion  Alexander Volkanovski in 2019. This would be a great rematch that I think people would love to see.

Conor McGregor vs Jorge Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal has an interesting resume with fights he’s definitely had some amazing bouts including two title fights against current Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and a semi championship fight for the BMF belt with Nate Diaz. Masvidal hasn’t really had a big money fight like the Paydays associated with a fight like the one he’d make against McGregor. Masvidal has an amazing rags to riches story from fighting in the streets of Miami and sleeping in his car to being one of the biggest stars in the biggest MMA promotion. It’d be great to see this fight take place especially if the BMF title was back up for grabs.

Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz III

McGregor just finished his trilogy with Dustin Poirier with two losses to Poirier the last being in July at UFC 264, but the UFC star also has another Trilogy that hasn’t seen it’s final act and that is with Nate DIaz. These two fighters have met twice already and are even with a win apiece. They are both coming off consecutive losses with Diaz losing to Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June and before that a loss to Jorge Masvidal in November of 2019. This would be an amazing match up for the fans and would make the UFC oodles of money with PPV buys and ticket sales. 

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DAN HOOKER NAMED AS STAND IN TO FIGHT ISLAM MAKHACHEV AT UFC 267

Islam Makhachev works for a submission against Drew Dober in their lightweight fight during UFC 259. Photo: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
Islam Makhachev trys to win via submission against Drew Dober at UFC 259. Photo courtesy of: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Number five ranked UFC Lightweight Islam Makachev was set to face Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 267 on October 30th.  But former Lightweight Champion Dos Anjos has been forced to pull out of the fight due to injury. On Thursday September 30th Dana White announced that number six ranked UFC Lightweight Dan Hooker would be stepping into fight Makachev.

Hooker pulled off an impressive victory Saturday night against Nasrat Haqparast. The win by decision was even more spectacular considering that hooker had arrived in the country less than 48 hours from his native New Zealand due to issues with his work Visa. Hooker will train for the fight that was offered to him the same day it was announced in Las Vegas, and then will travel to Abu Dhabi on Yas Island. 

Often hailed as the second coming of the greatest lightweight of all time, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Islam Makhachev is making his own name in the UFC, and is quickly becoming one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC Lightweight division. A division packed with amazing fighters and big names. Makachev has been on an eight fight win streak. With wins over big names, Thiago Moises and Drew Dober. He hopes to add Hooker to the list of names in his win column on October 30th. 

It is rumored that UFC 267 will be a free event the first numbered UFC not to be a PPV since UFC 138 in November of 2011. The card will feature two title fights. The First being an interim title bout between number 1 Ranked Bantamweight Petr Yan and number three ranked Bantamweight Corey Sandhagen. The card will be headlined by Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz and number one ranked Light Heavyweight  Glover Teixiera. 

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FIGHTER PROFILE: KHABIB ‘THE EAGLE’ NURMAGOMEDOV

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Since his time away from the sport Khabib Nurmagomedov has made a name for himself as a coach.  But before he was a coach, Nurmagomedov had an amazing career as a fighter.  Nurmagomedov was undefeated in his time in the cage and retired on top as the UFC Lightweight Champion. Nurmagomedov embodies what it means to be a martial artist, and his emphasis on technique and fight IQ will be studied by fighters for years to come. 

Nurmagomedov was born on September 20, 1988 in the village of Sildi, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. Nurmagomedov started wrestling, as his father was involved in the sport and owned a wrestling gym. Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was also a wrestler and was trained in Judo and Sambo while in the Soviet military. Abdulmanap made training Khabib’s peers and other Dagestani youth his life mission, and was hopeful that introducing young athletes to the sport would give Dagestani youth an outlet to not get involved with islamic extremism that is very common in that area of the world. Abdulmanap’s methods were unique however, and included purchasing a bear for young Khabib to wrestle with. 

 Nurmagomedov started training in Judo and Sambo additionally starting at age 17.  Nurmagomedov was in many street fights in his teen years but stopped after focusing mostly on the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.  Nurmagomedov started his MMA career at the age of 19 with a win against Vusal Bayramov by Submission (triangle choke) for the CSFU: Champions League promotion. From there Nurmagomedov would fight in many promotions, and would gain an impressive record of 16-0. This impressive record would lead to Nurmagomedov getting a shot in the UFC. 

 Nurmagomedov would make his UFC debut  against Kamal Shalorus on January 20, 2012 and would secure a victory via Submission (rear-naked choke.) Nurmagomedov would face his first real challenge in the UFC when faced future lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos he won by decision. Nurmagomedov would face next big challenge when he faced Edson Barboza at UFC 219. This victory would secure a UFC title shot for Nurmagomedov.

Nurmagomedov would face Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 where he’d win the vacant Lightweight title. This would lead Nurmagomedov to the biggest fight of his career against The former Featherweight and Lightweight Champion, Conor McGregor.  Nurmagomedov would win by Submission (neck crank.) This would lead to Nurmagomedov jumping over the cage and retaliating against McGregor’s team for the bus incident. Nurmagomedov would defend and unify his Lightweight title twice against his two toughest opponents yet with victories over interim Champions Dustin Poirier  and Justin Gaethje. 

Nurmagomedov announced his retirement after his victory against Justin Gaethje due to the death of his father who passed away because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since his retirement Nurmagomedov has made quite the name as an MMA coach. Nurmagomedov embodies what it means to be a martial artist, and his emphasis on technique will be studied by fighters for years to come.

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What’s Next For Conor McGregor?

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McGregor after getting defeated by Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 (Photo Courtesy of Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal)

The great boxing Champ Marvin Hagler once said “It’s tough to get out of bed to do roadwork at 5 A.M. when you’ve been sleeping in silk pajamas.” This has been true of many boxers and most recently could be used when talking about the highest paid athlete in the world, former two division UFC Champion, Conor McGregor. McGregor has done a lot for the sport of MMA getting more casual fans involved in the sport and boosting the sports profile, but what’s next for the Irish fighter known as ‘The Notorious.’

If you’re in the MMA world you definitely watched McGregor lose to Dustin Poirier in July of 2021 at UFC by TKO completing their trilogy. It was McGregor’s second consecutive loss to Poirier who is one of the best lightweights on the UFC roster.  McGregor looked creepily different when he walked into the press events, the charitable Conor was gone and he was back to slinging insults and barbs at Poirier, even trying to kick Poirier at the weigh-ins.

In a July interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith  “The only thing that’s final in this business is a knockout,” he went on to elaborate that “The decisions, the taps, all that s— means nothing to me.” Then he goes out and tries to submit Poirier on the ground. Odd choice of words considering that the UFC is a MMA promotion, and a big part of MMA historically has been the submission game. What makes this statement even odder is that McGregor is a Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Kavanagh. This makes one question further,  what’s next for McGregor.

In 2017 Conor McGregor took a break from his MMA career to focus on boxing Floyd Mayweather.  This fight was a good match up with McGregor making a guaranteed 30 million dollar purse.  The fight was billed as  “The Money Fight”and “The Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History.” Mayweather would go on to defeat McGregor in the 10th round by TKO. 

This fight made McGregor one of the richest stars in MMA, and made one wonder if McGregor went soft, as he’s never been the same since. He’s lost three of his last four against tough competition in Poirier and Khabib Nurmagomedov, and he looked really good against a rough looking Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. So if he makes a return to the octagon you’d wonder who a good match up would be? 

The fight that makes the most sense, is the other trilogy that The UFC has put on the back burner which is McGregor vs Diaz 3. Diaz won their first meeting in 2016 by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke.) McGregor would come out and win the second fight against Diaz by majority decision. Diaz is in a slump also losing three of his last four  and this matchup just makes a lot of sense, and would make the UFC a lot of money.

We will see what’s in the cards for McGregor when he makes a return from his current injury. Hopefully the star makes a speedy recovery and makes a return to MMA. And if not MMA, boxing because McGregor can still sell a card. 

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FIGHTER PROFILE: ISLAM MAKHACHEV

Islam Makhachev works for a submission against Drew Dober in their lightweight fight during UFC 259. Photo: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
Islam Makhachev trys to win via submission against Drew Dober at UFC 259. Photo courtesy of: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Often hailed as the second coming of the greatest lightweight of all time, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Islam Makhachev is making his own name in the UFC, and is quickly becoming one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC lightweight division. A division packed with amazing fighters and big names.

Currently Makhachev is sporting a professional record of 20-1. Makhachev is an assassin in the Octagon. The former European, Russian, and World  Combat Sambo Champion stands at 5ft. 10 in. and weighs in at 155 pounds. Makhachev has a reach of 70.5 inches. Makhachev Currently fights out of the AKA gym in San Jose, California. Makhachev is coached by Javier Mendez and Khabib Nurmagomedov, and was formerly coached by Khabib’s late father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.

 Makhachev was born in Makhachkala, in the Republic of Dagestan, Russia.  He was born on September 27, 1991 and is 29 years old. Makachev is of the muslim faith, and was raised in a muslim community in the village of Burshi. Growing up Makhachev was seen as a weak person by his peers which led to Makachev being picked on by them. This perceived weakness was the catalyst for Makachev to become a stronger individual. He started doing many grueling activities to become stronger. These activities included lifting rocks and climbing up mountains in his native Dagestan. Growing up Makachev was a neighbor to Khabib Nurmagomedov and the two grew up together and formed a friendship and working relationship like no other. 

Makhachev realized how skilled of a fighter he was after winning an amatuer combat sambo competition. Makahchev then decided to move to MMA. He made his premier in MMA in August of 2010 with a bout in the ​​Tsumada Fighting Championship 4. After going undefeated in his first few fights Makachev signed a 4 fight deal with the UFC in October of 2014. His first fight in the UFC was in May of 2015, Makhachev won the bout against Leo Kuntz at UFC 187. Unfortunately Makachev wasn’t as lucky in his next bout as he lost against Adriano Martins by knockout in round one. Since then Makachev has been on an eight win streak. With wins over big names, Thiago Moises and Drew Dober.

Makachev is on a clear path to being one of the next champions in the Lightweight division. Ranked at number five in the division as of September 2nd 2021. It’ll be exciting to see what’s next for the fighter as he’s on a clear upward trajectory.

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