Islam Makhachev

Russia

To fight Moises on July 17
LightweightUFC
May 12, 2021
Makhachev will fight Thiago Moises at the UFC event on July 17, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
This will be Makhachev's second battle in almost two years, as he returned to the octagon back on March 6 and defeated Drew Dober via submission at UFC 259. On the other hand, Moises will be entering the ring with a right foot injury he suffered during his upset win over Alexander Hernandez via unanimous decision in February.
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Cruises in return from long layoff
LightweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Makhachev defeated Drew Dober via submission (arm-triangle) at 1:37 of Round 3 at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Well, that was terrifying. It's truly hysterical how dominant Makhachev was despite having not fought since September 2019. Islam was completely confident he could compete with Dober on the feet, but his advantage in the grappling game was so overwhelming that Makhachev quickly put Dober on his back in each round, and it was academic from there. UFC legend and commentator Daniel Cormier said earlier this week that he believed that in terms of pure wrestling, Makhachev was better than Khabib Nurmagomedov. Now that may be true (it may not), but the fact DC would even think of saying that tells you all you need to know. Makhachev confirmed in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that, as expected, COVID-19 was behind his extended stay on the sidelines. The UFC needs to push this guy to the moon ASAP because Makhachev may already be a top-five lightweight, and his ceiling is that of a legitimate title contender at 155 pounds.
Eyeing Dober in March
LightweightUFC
January 5, 2021
Makhachev has agreed to take on Drew Dober in a lightweight matchup at UFC 259 on March 6, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Like most, Makhachev has had a tough 2020, losing scheduled matchups against Alexander Hernandez and Rafael dos Anjos. Presumably recovered from the staph infection that forced him to withdraw from the November matchup against RDA, Makhachev will now shift focus to a fighter in Dober who is riding a three-fight winning streak. Makhachev will enter this fight two inches taller, but both men sport a 70-inch reach. Despite the time off, oddsmakers like Makhachev here, listing him as a (-345) betting favorite as of early-January.
Recovering from staph infection
LightweightUFC
November 9, 2020
Makhachev announced Monday in a post on his personal Instagram account that he withdrew from his Nov. 14 lightweight fight with Rafael dos Anjos due to a staph infection he picked up while attempting to cut weight.
ANALYSIS
Makhachev will put his return to the Octagon on hold for an indefinite period of time while recovering from the illness. The 29-year-old is in the midst of a six-fight winning streak, but he hasn't competed since September 2019, when he defeated Davi Ramos via unanimous decision at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.
Withdraws from fight
LightweightUFC
November 8, 2020
Makhachev won't fight at UFC Fight Night on Nov. 14, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Makhachev was originally slated to face Rafael dos Anjos in late October, but the matchup was pushed back to November after dos Anjos tested positive for COVID-19. The reason for Makhachev's withdrawal appears to be a staff infection (per MMAJunkie.com), and the promotion is reportedly seeking a new opponent for dos Anjos with just under a week remaining before the event.
Fight back on
LightweightUFC
October 20, 2020
Makhavhev's lightweight bout against Rafael dos Anjos has been rescheduled to Nov. 14 in Las Vegas, MMA DNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Dos Anjos tested positive for COVID-19 and had to withdraw from the original date of Oct. 24. The UFC decided to push the bout back three weeks later. Makhachev will be looking to push his winning streak to seven with his most recent victim being Davi Ramos in September of 2019.