Kevin Holland believes Islam Makhachev is scarier than Khabib: “They work hard”

Kevin Holland compares Islam Makhachev to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

by Aryan Lakhani
Kevin Holland believes Islam Makhachev is scarier than Khabib: “They work hard”
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Kevin Holland does not want to mess with Islam Makhachev especially after he makes a jump to the welterweight division. In Kevin Holland’s opinion, Islam Makhachev is a scarier version of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Holland identified the dangestani fighters key strength which is their grappling.

Makhachev will be defending his belt against Dustin Poirier in almost 48 hours' time – the whole world is waiting to see if Poirier can shine on what might be his last title shot opportunity.

Kevin Holland on Islam Makhachev

During the recent media day, Kevin Holland shared his thoughts on Islam Makhachev.

“Champ, champ, champ for sure, for sure,” Holland said, as quoted by “I think Khabib (Nurmagomedov) could have done the same * thing if he wanted to. So, yeah, for sure, for sure.I think Islam’s probably a little bit scarier to deal with.

He knocked out Volk, and I don’t think Volk’s an easy person to put away, even though he just lost the last two being put away. I think a lot of that came from the Islam head kick. Yeah, scary, scary guy right there”.

Kevin Holland on Islam Makhachev’s grappling

“I think the way those guys grapple over there, I don’t think it would matter if you are a heavyweight, When they decide to get you down, they’re going to get you down.

They are persistent, they work hard, and they’re really, really good at what they do. And I really suck at wrestling, so I wouldn’t want no problems with that guy. I know how to pick my fights. My momma taught me well”.

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