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Islam Makhachev wants to support Tony Ferguson retire

After Islam Makhachev’s dominant performance that ended in a third-spherical submission victory over Drew Dober at UFC 259 through arm-triangle choke, the Dagestani gentle-weight contemplated what would perhaps perchance perchance presumably be next. Makhachev is the working in opposition to companion and protege of UFC gentle-weight champion and all-time huge Khabib Nurmagomedov. In a most bright world, Makhachev would truly like to face an elusive rival of his shut buddy. “My dream battle is Tony [Ferguson] because now we secure got some cope with him, like a couple years now,” he said at the UFC 259 put up-battle press convention. Makhachev’s reference to his camp’s dealings with “El Cucuy” expose the 5 beforehand scheduled bouts between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov, which all fell aside in extraordinarily uncomfortable fashion. “I don’t understand this guy, nonetheless I desire to precise support him retire,” Makhachev said. “He is worn. His thoughts is solely a limited of bit crazy. That’s why I precise desire to support him.” Other than the comedic jabs, Makhachev additionally takes negate with other folks who claimed the delusion match-up between Ferguson and Khabib would perhaps perchance perchance be a annoying battle for the latter. With an opportunity to battle Ferguson, Makhachev believes he can quiet other folks who believed he had a sound probability at defeating Nurmagomedov. “I precise desire to veil other folks how Khabib would desire him down, uncover him drained, uncover him tap,” Makhachev said. “All people talks like Tony is a exhausting battle for Khabib, nonetheless I never judge like that because Khabib’s wrestling and grappling is a definite degree.” TRENDING > ESPN releases footage of Petr Yan’s corner after controversial illegal knee Islam Makhachev does now not bargain Tony Ferguson’s skills Despite Makhachev’s perception that Khabib would handily defeat Ferguson, he gave credit where it’s due. “Tony is a basically honest fighter because he done a form of fellows,” Makhachev said. “That’s why I precise desire to study my skills, and I do know I will pause him.” Pretty frankly, Makhachev is smartly-deserving of a battle with a high-ranking gentle-weight contender. The fact that Ferguson is ranked No. 5 within the division along with the historical previous between Ferguson and Makhachev’s camp provides the doable gentle-weight conflict with an shapely storyline for a battle that already makes a form of sense. “Honestly, I precise desire to battle with somebody from the highest-5, nonetheless I do know all the guys are busy,” Makhachev said. “Some guys secure fights like this, nonetheless I do know Tony is now free. That’s why I requested him. Let’s uncover this happen.” UFC 256 recap: Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

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