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Michael Chandler Believes Islam Makhachev Is Not Even Close To Khabib Nurmagomedov

Michael Chandler Believes Islam Makhachev Is Not Even Close To Khabib Nurmagomedov

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According to Michael Chandler, at least not yet, Islam Makhachev is not even close to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The #5 in the UFC lightweight rankings, Islam faced Dan Hooker on October 30, 2021, at UFC 267. He won the fight by a kimura submission in the first round.

For sure, Islam has been on a similar note of the destruction as what Khabib would do in his UFC career. Khabib retired in October 2020, ending his career with three straight submissions over Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, and Justin Gaethje.

“No, not even close,” Chandler told MMA Junkie and other reporters at a news conference Wednesday. “Are they similar? Absolutely. Are they brothers and teammates? Yes, absolutely. I mean, what Khabib has accomplished, it wasn’t Khabib’s skillset, it was the mystique that surrounded Khabib’s accomplishments inside the sport – undefeated and making every superhuman guy in the division look like a mere mortal. So, I wouldn’t say he’s the next best thing whatsoever.”

“I do think he’s very good,” Chandler said. “Obviously the way that he dispatched Dan Hooker in the first round solidifies himself as a top guy. But when you start comparing those two, he’s just not there yet. This is his first time beating a guy in the top 10, and Khabib did it for however many years before that.”

Quote Courtesy: MMA Junkie

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