Khabib Nurmagomedov explains the state of the UFC lightweight division

Former UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov recently sat down for an interview with UFC Russia. The Dagestani fighter explained the current state of the UFC’s lightweight division.

Khabib Nurmagomedov explains the state of the UFC lightweight division
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his submission victory over Dustin Poirier in their lightweight championship bout during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Nurmagomedov explained how athletes from 3 different countries are a major part of the 155 lbs division.

‘The Eagle’ specifically mentioned Russia, Brazil, and the USA as the most dominating countries of the division. There are a lot of promising talents all over the division from these countries as well as established contenders. Nurmagomedov explained the situation as reminiscent of the world war.

“I doubt it is the case for the belt, but in the contending fights it is possible. They are strong, they are enough experienced. They are ready to face this challenge.

“I think they will go far, I mean Islam and all these guys. Such a nice composition of the division. Not only them but also the Brazilians,” said Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Who can stake their claim for the UFC lightweight throne?

‘The Eagle‘ mentioned there are many fighters who can potentially be a contender for the lightweight title. Out of the lightweights, Islam Makhachev and Arman Tsarukyan are two of the most promising contenders of the division. Makhachev, though, seems to be the most likely contender to become a UFC champion in the future.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (R-L) Islam Makhachev works for a submission against Drew Dober in their lightweight fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Makhachev hasn’t competed since his UFC 259 win against Drew Dober. He is set to fight Thiago Moises next in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card.

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