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Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is confident that his teammate and teammate Islam Makhachev will soon replace him as the leader of the 155-pound division.
“Although people are now talking about Chandler, Oliveira, Dustin, Conor and Gaethje, but in my opinion, at the end of this year or early next year, Islam Makhachev will be the best. Perhaps people think that I am just promoting him, but no. I know how good this guy is.
Everyone who has ever encountered him in the octagon or in the hall on mats, in wrestling, in sparring knows about this. You can talk to many UFC fighters. Ask Leon Edward or Kamara Usman, Cormier or me. In general, everyone who has ever competed with him knows that if there are no problems, Islam will be the best lightweight in the world by 2022, “Khabib Nurmagomedov said during an interview at the weigh-in ceremony before UFC 260.