‘Let’s finish this’: Islam Makhachev vows to prove Tony Ferguson is NOT on par with Khabib Nurmagomedov as he targets American in next fight after extending undefeated streak to eight with dominant win over Thiago Moises
- Islam Makhachev targets Tony Ferguson as his next UFC opponent
- He wants to end Khabib Nurmagomedov’s unfinished business with Ferguson
- “If they gave me a choice, let’s do it with Tony,” Makhachev . said
Islam Makhachev wants to take on Tony Ferguson to prove that the American fighter is not in the same league as his mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Russian extended his undefeated streak to eight with a resounding win over Thiago Moises in Las Vegas on Saturday, but he hadn’t taken care of the Brazilian yet, he set his sights on his next opponent.
“If they would give me a choice, let’s do it with Tony because we have a good history with him,” Makhachev told reporters after beating Moises in the fourth round via submission.
Islam Makhachev defeated Thiago Moises to face Tony Ferguson in his next fight
Ferguson was supposed to go up against Makhachev’s mentor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, but never did
Khabib, who was in Vegas to support Makhachev, never met Ferguson in the cage during his incredible, undefeated career.
Ferguson, 37, was widely regarded as one of the best 155-pound fighters out there and was seen as one of the few people capable of defeating Khabib.
The pair would face each other five times, but the fight that everyone in the UFC has been longing for never saw the light of day before Khabib retired in October with an impeccable 29-0 record.
And Makhachev referred to his mentor’s unfinished business with Ferguson and promised to make Khabib’s bid against him.
Khabib, who retired at 29-0 last October, saw Makhachev beat Moises in Las Vegas.
“I’m going to finish this. I’m going to show that Tony is not at Khabib’s level,” Makhachev said.
“Khabib would fight him five or six times. Let’s finish this, you know,” he said.
“I’m going to finish this. I’m not going to show Tony Khabib level. People don’t understand how Khabib exerts pressure.’
Makhachev, 29, praised Khabib as a “humble man” and said he had many of the same qualities as him and was almost as good a fighter.
“If someone says I’m almost the same as Khabib, I agree,” Makhachev added.
“I want to be like Khabib, you know. He’s a great man, he’s a champion, he’s got a lot of money and he’s got everything, but he’s still a humble man.
“He comes to the US without his family. He stays here for one or two months to help us. He takes no money, nothing. He just comes and does the whole thing. We came to the US and he rented a big house for the team and a lot of cars for the team and nobody pays. He pays for everything. I can’t explain Khabib. He does a lot, but not everyone knows that.’