A video of Dagestani grappling savants Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev partaking in a friendly grappling session has been creating the rounds on the world-wide-web.
The footage attributes MMA legend Nurmagomedov in the bottom situation, with Makhachev in the best posture as he grapples to get to a improved location in Nurmagomedov’s guard.
Even so, ‘The Eagle’ quickly sweeps Makhachev and finishes up in the best situation, impressively securing comprehensive mount. It’s unclear when the grappling session transpired. Irrespective, Nurmagomedov’s fearsome agility and impeccable strategy — even through friendly sparring — have seemingly piqued the desire of the MMA local community.
Watch Nurmagomedov sweep Makhachev in the video underneath (*movie courtesy: @bloodyuppercut Instagram account):
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev are childhood buddies and longtime instruction associates. Nurmagomedov (29- MMA), a former UFC light-weight winner, retired from MMA in Oct 2020. In the meantime, Makhachev (23-1 MMA) captured the UFC light-weight title in October 2022 and is the reigning champion heading into the New 12 months.
Earlier this year, AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) head mentor Javier Mendez alluded to the truth that Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev are typically compared to one particular one more.
Speaking to MMA Junkie, Mendez recommended that Nurmagomedov and Makhachev’s respective variations are somewhat equivalent. Nevertheless, he emphasised that Makhachev possesses significantly superior striking skills than Nurmagomedov. Indicating that Makhachev is much better than Nurmagomedov overall, Mendez mentioned:
“Islam was intelligent adequate to teach with other individuals, he has wonderful coaches at dwelling that are doing the job with him. His placing is additional forward than Khabib’s at any time was, only since of the actuality that Islam was doing work year-spherical on his putting.”
View Mendez’s assessment at 3:05:
Khabib Nurmagomedov predicts how Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski could perform out
UFC lightweight titleholder Islam Makhachev is scheduled to defend his belt against UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284 on February 12th, 2023. In an job interview with ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto, Khabib Nurmagomedov analyzed the matchup and explained how Makhachev would defeat ‘The Terrific.’ Nurmagomedov claimed:
“Volkanovski? Clinch, lot of knees he’s gonna try to eat a lot of knees. He [Makhachev] is gonna just take his [Volkanovski’s] all electrical power, get him down, and he is gonna choke him out… Of program, Volkanovski can box. He have awesome experience. How a lot of moments he defended his title, all the things — But, brother, this is like, Thai clinch gonna eliminate him.”
Check out Nurmagomedov’s evaluation at 5:37 in the movie underneath:
Khabib Nurmagomedov opined that even though Alexander Volkanovski has a couple months to get ready for Islam Makhachev, it’s not ample as Makhachev has been honing his techniques for about 20 several years. Lauding Makhachev’s famed wrestling, Thai clinch, and still left hand, ‘The Eagle’ picked him to dethrone Volkanovski as the UFC’s No. 1-rated pound-for-pound fighter.