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Morning Report: Islam Makhachev says his mother wants him to ‘wrap up’ career now that he’s UFC champion

UFC 284: Makhachev v Volkanovski Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Islam Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov appear to have about as much in common as one could imagine.

For years, the current UFC lightweight champion Makhachev was touted as the second coming of his longtime teammate and mentor, Nurmagomedov. Some of those in the pair’s circles even went as far as to label Makhachev as “Khabib 2.0,” as did Nurmagomedov himself.

Nurmagomedov’s incredible 29-0 career was cut short by a promise made to his family — more specifically his mother — who wanted him to retire after the passing of his father and lifelong coach, Abdulmanap. That’s exactly what “The Eagle” did after defeating Justin Gaethje in October 2020, and Makhachev has revealed that his own mother is in the same boat as Nurmagomedov’s.

“My mother doesn’t watch fights,” Makhachev told UFC Russia. “Not just my fights, fights in general. She doesn’t like seeing people hit each other.

“When I came home [after winning the title], there were a lot of people there. She said, ‘You’re champion now. Wrap it up. Khabib listened to his mother, when will you listen to yours?’”

While Nurmagomedov ended his career prematurely in the eyes of many because he was still on top of the sport, he likely only would have fought once more as reaching 30-0 was a known goal. During his run, he managed to tie the record for title defenses in the UFC lightweight division with three.

Makhachev recently earned his first successful defense at UFC 284 in Perth, Australia, defeating the featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski in an epic contest via unanimous decision. It remains to be seen if Makhachev will make any similar commitments the way that Nurmagomedov did to his mother, but fans can at least expect a couple more defenses out of the surging new champion.

“I told her Khabib defended his title and I need to do the same,” Makhachev said. “It’s a hard topic for my mother. My father’s the opposite. He watches all the fights.”


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Last Week’s Results:

Friday: 86% of 828 total votes answered “Yes” when asked, “Should the UFC allow Daniel Cormier to commentate Jon Jones’ fights?

Thursday: 54% of 476 total votes answered “Yes” when asked, “Does Beneil Dariush get the next UFC lightweight title shot?

Wednesday: 70% of 757 total votes answered “Yes” when asked, “Will we ever get an Islam Makhachev vs. Alex Volkanovski rematch?

Tuesday: x68% of 617 total votes answered “Jessica Andrade” when asked, “Who wins this weekend?Erin Blanchfield defeated Andrade via second-round submission (rear-naked choke) in the main event of UFC Vegas 69.

Monday: 63% of 632 total votes answered “Alexander Volkanovski” when asked, “Who wins a rematch?” Islam Makhachev defeated Volkanovski via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 284.

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