Celebrating his undisputed UFC lightweight title victory over former titleholder Charles Oliveira over the weekend, newly minted kingpin Islam Makhachev shared his success alongside his father, as well as of the head of the Republic of Dagestan, Sergey Melikov.
Taking main event status at UFC 280 last Saturday in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Makhachev managed to land the American Kickboxing Academy his second undisputed UFC lightweight crown with a victory in the second turn of the triangle arm submission against Oliveira – following in the footsteps of trainer and teammate, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Islam Makhachev returned to his native Dagestan for a championship parade
Embarking on a parade in his native Dagestan, Islam Makhachev met his father as well as the aforementioned Republican leader, Melikov – as a large crowd gathered to congratulate the new undisputed lightweight gold holder of the UFC.
“Salam Alaikum everyone,” said Islam Makhachev. “I would like to thank everyone who came here to greet me and support me. Later we will eat together. There we can talk and take pictures.
Buoyed by his dominating title success against Sao Paulo grappler Oliveira, Makhachev already appears to have the first challenger to his undisputed lightweight crown on the horizon, in the form of the undisputed top featherweight, Alexander Volkanovski.
Joining Makhachev in the Octagon following their title success, the duo appeared to agree on a champion vs. champion clash at UFC 284 next February in Perth, Australia – with the organization set to return to the RAC Arena.
Providing a prediction for the fight with Volkanovski, Makhachev’s trainer and sparring partner, Khabib touted his pupil and teammate to land another submission victory as part of a 155-pound streak.
“Let him prepare this,” Khabib Nurmagomedov said. “Clinch wrestling, like freestyle, Greco-Roman wrestling. Grappling, Thai clinch, left hand. (Alexander) Volkanovski, we respect you, but we’ll take your place, brother.
“You are number one pound for pound right now, but Islam (Makhachev) wants to be on your side,” Khabib said. “You have to prepare. Clinch, lots of knees. He will eat a lot of knees. He’s going to take all his energy, knock him down, and he’s going to choke him. That’s what I think. This is how I see how the fight is going to go.