Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion Khabib Nurmagomedov commented on Islam Makhachev’s victory over Alexander Volkanovski at the UFC 294 tournament on social networks.
“The best fighter in the world right now. I love you, brother – congratulations!” – wrote Khabib.
The Russian defeated his opponent by knockout in the first round and defended his title for the second time. The previous meeting between them also ended in a victory for Makhachev. The Russian was originally supposed to fight with Oliveira at the tournament in Abu Dhabi, but he was injured in training and was unable to perform. In the evening’s co-main event, Swedish-Chechen fighter Khamzat Chimaev defeated Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman by decision.
On February 12, 2023, Makhachev defeated Alex Volkanovski by unanimous decision after five rounds at the UFC 284 tournament in Perth, Australia. Now Makhachev has 26 fights and 25 wins.