Islam Makhachev has vowed to ‘retire’ Tony Ferguson for persevering with to dangerous mouth his compatriot Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Dagestani light-weight prospect outlined his potential with a dominant victory over Drew Dober at UFC 259 to ship a message to the remainder of the 155lbs division.
Having had mentor Khabib and UFC commentator Daniel Cormier sing his praises all through battle week; the 29-year-old delivered a efficiency to match the hype with a third-round submission victory.
The previous light-weight champion was cornering his American Kickboxing Academy teammate on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and made certain to rejoice in fashion.
The relentless wrestling and underrated placing of Makhachev has drawn apparent comparisons together with his extra illustrious teammate, however the Russian desires to take the belt Khabib has seemingly vacated following his retirement final 12 months.
And Makhachev has the proper opponent in thoughts to kickstart his marketing campaign to get a title shot by the tip of 2021.
“2020 was a loopy 12 months, all my fights acquired cancelled,” he stated. “That’s why I’m very blissful to be right here now and get the end. I’m very blissful.
“The end is all the time essential. Perhaps Dana will give me the bonus… I attempted to complete him within the first spherical, however Dober is a really sturdy man.
“He has like loopy energy, that’s why I simply tried to make him drained, make him work and end him within the third spherical.
“I really feel this strain however I’m not an beginner man. I’ve a giant beginner profession, now I’ve 19 victories, that’s why I perceive every thing. I simply have to coach laborious as a result of folks imagine in me.
“2021 I’ve to battle two extra instances and to start with of 2022, I’ve to battle for the title.
“My dream battle is Tony Ferguson. That’s my dream battle. I simply need to make him retire.
“He talks an excessive amount of. Khabib is retired, now he retains pressuring him, for what? I’m right here, I’ve a seven-fight win streak, make this occur.”