Daniel Cormier said of Makhachev. “His abilities are just second to none.”



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Daniel Cormier said of Makhachev. “His abilities are just second to none.”

The UFC’s lightweight category is crowded with top fighters and talent, but currently, that category doesn’t have an official champion. Charles Oliveira was left without a title in the fifth month, due to a fall on the scales ahead of the match against Justin Gaethje.

The Brazilian celebrated in that fight, but the place of the champion remained vacant. Behind him are a number of top fighters in the ranking, and new talented fighters are constantly appearing. Rafael Fiziev, Arman Tsarukyan, Mateusz Gamrot, and Brad Riddell have already established themselves as the top 15 fighters, and Damir Ismagulov, Guram Kutateladze, Joel Alvarez, etc.

are slowly arriving. “Hey, hey, there’s something missing here. The champion has a name and it’s Charles Oliveira from the Bronx. This is a message for the entire division. I’m a problem for the entire division!”, Shouted "Do Bronx" after the victory over Justin Gaethje.

The Brazilian is still considered by many to be the champion and without many dilemmas the best fighter in the lightweight category. Still, if you ask Daniel Cormier, Islam Makhachev is the best fighter in that category.

"He’s the best fighter in the world"

“He’s the best fighter in the world at that weight class,” Cormier said of Makhachev.

“His abilities are just second to none”. , He started "DC" for MMA Fighting, and then described Islam Makhachev's mentality in training. “Let me tell you something, this Islam Makhachev is crazy,” Cormier said.

“I tell him [in the gym], ‘Hey, my guy took you down in practice,’ and he goes, ‘Brother, bring [Olympic gold medalist] Jordan Burroughs [to face me], this will be a good match.’ He’s so sure of his wrestling.

I love Islam”. Cormier said. By the way, Jordan Burroughs is the best wrestler in the world in the last ten years. He is a five-time world champion, and in 2012 he won an Olympic gold medal in London. It is clear that he is a much more renowned wrestler than Islam Makhachev, for whom MMA is the focus, but Cormier, as a former Olympian, is well aware of how dangerous and quality wrestlers Russian fighters are.

“It’s new to the world, but it’s not new to us, the guys that have done international wrestling, guys that have been around the world championships,” Cormier began, referring to the skills of Dagestani fighters.

“When I got my third-place medal at the worlds, Russia had maybe five world champs or six, and they had a third [place]. Most of those guys were from Dagestan. They just know how to wrestle. I knew the moment I saw Khabib and then I saw Islam, I was like uh-oh, the Dagestanis are starting to do mixed martial arts, it’s a problem for the world.

That’s absolutely what has happened”. Daniel Cormier concluded. As for Makhachev, it is currently unknown who he will fight in the next performance. Beneil Dariush was supposed to be his opponent in the match for the next challenger, but he is increasingly pushing Islam into a showdown with Oliveira, and that match would determine a new lightweight champion.